- CLEAN styrofoam meat tray OR the top of a styrofoam egg carton
- paint or markers (see NOTE)
NOTE: you can't paint styrofoam with tempra paint or washable markers. It doesn't cover well and it will flake off when it's dry. Acrylic paint or permanent markers work well, but most of us don't want our kids using them. The solution I've come up with is to have the girls assemble the craft on day 1. In the evening, I paint the craft with white acrylic paint (you can buy it for less than $1 at Walmart or the craft store and it will work for many crafts). It dries overnight and in the morning the girls can paint over it with tempra paint or color over it with Crayola markers!
1. Cut out the template pieces.
2. Trace the template pieces onto a clean styrofoam meat tray or the top of a styrofoam egg carton
3. Cut a slit in the body of the plane near the middle for the wings
4. Cut a slit in the body of the plane at the back for the tail
5. Slide the wing piece and the tail piece onto the appropriate places (it's a bit hard because the styrofoam is thick, but it will squeeze... the tightness is what will hold your project together).
6. Paint the plane the desired color.
7. Add designs like windows, airline insignias, etc with paint or markers.