Celebrate Amelia Earhart With This Aviation Mobile Lesson Plan

Amelia Earhart Day is on July 24th and coming up quick! Celebrate the achievements of this great aviator and open up discussions about taking on great challenges with your students when you help them create an awesome plane mobile. Join us below to grab the instructions and fly into history!


Students will use problem-solving skills to balance various planes on the mobile arms. Adding additional pieces of paper to a shape or making the thread longer or shorter combines both engineering and problem-solving. Students will learn about Amelia Earhart and her accomplishments throughout history.

Grade Level:

Pre-K-K, 1-3


Ellison SureCut Die - Spiral - XL

Sizzix Bigz Die - Airplane Kit

Ellison SuperStar Excel Machine

Construction Paper

Posterboard or


Double-Sided Tape


Thread or Fishing Line

Ribbon or Yarn

Handheld Hole Puncher


  1. Die-cut the plane pieces from multiple colors of cardstock.
  2. Mix and match colors in order to complete five planes.
  3. Punch a small hole in the body of each plane and tie a 12” length of thread through the hole for hanging. Kids can experiment with thread placement in order for the plane to hang straight, then mark all of the planes and punch holes in all five planes. To do this requires assembling one plane first.
  4. Assemble all of the planes and attach a thread to each one for hanging.
  5. Die-cut the XL spiral from black or white card stock and trim off approximately 15 inches from the end.
  6. Punch one small hole in the center of the spiral, knot a 12” length of ribbon and poke it through the hole for hanging.
  7. Punch five small holes along the coil for hanging each of the assembled planes.
  8. Write some of Amelia Earhart’s major achievements along the coil, leaving space around each hole to allow room for the sticker that will hold each hanging plane.
  9. Hang each dangling plane along the coil, poking the thread through the hole and fastening it to the spiral with a small sticker. Trim off any excess thread.

Want to learn more about Amelia Earhart? Check out her awesome history here.

What an exciting time in History! What is your favorite day in history to celebrate? Let us know in the comments below and If you create this awesome, plane mobile, we'd love to see it! Make sure to stop by our FacebookPinterest or Instagram page and tag your pictures with #ellisonedu so we can see it and reshare!

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