Virtual Family Day: Wings
Create and discover with your family! Activities are designed for all ages.
UAF photo by Todd Paris, 2015.
Explore the science and art of wings!
From butterflies and birds to bats and airplanes, discover how different wings work, how animals use their wings, and how humans design and build flying vehicles.
Activities To Do At Home:
The links are all PDF documents.
Make a Songbird Mobile: Celebrate spring and migratory birds by making a colorful mobile.
Marbled Butterfly Prints: Make colorful butterfly wings with marbled paper.
- Design a Paper Airplane: Explore the principles of flight by building and testing paper airplanes.
Create Cardboard Wings: Explore wing shapes and create your own wearable wings.
- Explore Seeds With Wings: Collect birch and spruce seeds and discover their wings.
Left to Right: Marbled Butterfly Prints, Create Cardboard Wings (Image from E. Padilla), and Design a Paper Airplane..
Watch a conversation about the diversity of insect wings with curator and entomologist Dr. Derek Sikes!
Watch a video showing how to make a bat with flapping wings!
Activity adapted from Project EduBat.
For activities designed for kids ages 5 and under, go to our Virtual Early Explorers page.
For activities designed for kids ages 6-12, go to our Virtual Junior Curators page.