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Did you know that November is National Aviation History Month? Have you found a great way to share with your children about the development and history of aviation in our country? Kids love all types of planes and are drawn to their appeal year round. They are amazed by all things that fly in the sky! But aviation is much more than just airplanes, it also includes jets, helicopters, hot air balloons, and even kites! Take some time this month to learn about aircrafts and their history with your kids! Here are some fun ways to celebrate and learn about aviation.
History of Aviation
History can be boring for some kids especially if they don’t understand it. Watching videos from the past can be a great way for children to grasp onto historical information and actually remember it.
Do your kids know that the Wright Brothers are credited with the first successful airplane flight? If they are of school age, they have probably heard this fact before, but do they understand the difference between flying airplanes then and now? Here is a video of a Wright Brothers flight to watch with the kids. My boys couldn’t believe the difference!
Visit an Air and Space Museum
Another way to celebrate National Aviation Month is by taking a trip with the kids to a local museum that has an air and space exhibit. Museums are full of current and historical facts. Often times exhibits will show the evolution of flying through pictures and displays. The biggest aviation museums in the country include The Smithsonian in Washington D.C., the National Museum of US Air Force in Ohio, and Pima Air & Space Museum in Arizona. See if you can find a large or small air and space center near your part the country. But don’t be discouraged if you don’t live near one of these museums, there are plenty of other way to celebrate.
Attend an Air Show
We took our boys to a local airshow this past weekend, and they had a blast! It was a fun way to observe several different types of aircrafts up close and in the sky. The International Council of Air Shows has a great events calendar. Check it out and see if there is one in your area.
If not take a trip with the kids to the local airport. Due to security, you won’t be able to get up close to the planes without a ticket, but maybe there is a good viewing area near by where the kids can watch the planes land and take off.
If you really want to take the kids on a special adventure, bring them to see a Rocket Launch from the Kennedy Space Center next time you are in Florida! This is still on our family bucket list.
Here is a short video to show the kids that I took from the Stuart Airshow:
Find A Great Book
Why not take a trip to the local library and search for books about planes and other aircrafts. My kids love to grab nonfiction books filled with great photos of new and old planes. But maybe your child would prefer a how to draw airplanes book, or a book on how to fold paper airplanes. Also, try looking for a DVD to show the children about flying. Older children may enjoy an informational science video, while younger kids could watch the Disney movie Planes!
Check out these awesome books for kids about airplanes! And Click on the Pictures to Shop!