Just to clarify, we did not take advantage of the offer advertised above, but it seems my husband was considering it.
As part of our new school year, I am making it a point to celebrate various holidays (official or not) throughout the year. As it so happens, the second day of school finds us celebrating the first one on the list – National Aviation Day. It also happens to be the 145th birthday of a famous aviator. Even if your knowledge of aviation history is left wanting, the name Orville Wright may ring a few bells.
Born on August 19, 1871, Orville and his brother Wilbur created the first flying machine. While hot air balloons were already in use, these flying machines were “heavier than air, self-propelled, and controllable.”
As one who has used the very handy machines to travel to the other parts of the world several times, I am thankful for their dedication and persistence in finding solutions to the challenges of flight for us wingless creatures.
If you are finding yourself at a loss for ideas to help Orville celebrate his birthday, NASA put together a list last year of 10 ways they like to celebrate National Aviation Day. Perhaps one of them will give you an idea.
As today is our second day of school, a field trip to a local aviation museum was planned. What better way to start the new school year? Jack suggested we wait a day so the whole family could go together. I guess we will be sending belated birthday wishes.
In the mean time, I think an introduction to model building is in order. These kits look like they could be good places to start. We have done brick building before, with Legos and other brands, so I am thinking we will try a wooden model this time. However, the Lego kit looks awfully tempting.
Another idea are paper airplanes. These are easy to make, can be made anywhere with limited supplies, yet require a sense of flight and aerodynamics that comes with practice. When the kids were younger I found a copy of The World Record Paper Airplane Book at a garage sale. It served us well during a few trips which found us waiting for periods of time in open spaces. Some of the folds were complicated, even for us adults. This is not a book for you to hand you little ones and walk off. However, flying the various planes was fun and enlightening.
What are some ways you will be celebrating today? If you do take a picture of yourself, either with arms spread catching the breeze or in a glider high above the ground, please share it with us over on our Facebook page. We would love to see how you have chosen to share in this day of wonder.
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