Get ready for a fun filled HELICOPTER
Select, review, prepare a fun display and print the activities that
best suit your needs. All the activities address various
preschool and elementary skills.
Activity 1: Social Studies - Discuss the Theme - The Helicopter
a Transportation Machine that flies
1. What is a Helicopter?
Display the H Helicopter
color poster and point to the helicopter
image as you discuss. The helicopter is one of the most useful
means of transportation. Ask the children if they can describe
the way a helicopter flies. Does it take-off like an
The helicopter is an aircraft that can take off and land vertically, can
also hover motionless in the air, and travel forward, backward,
or sideways (make movements to demonstrate the bold words).
The main parts of the helicopter are: the body is called the
fuselage, the "wings" are called rotors, and the landing gear
-- take a look at different designs of helicopters here.
2. The Helicopter as a
"Community Helper" tool:
Ask the children what community helpers
and occupations would use the helicopter.
Discuss a couple of examples of the contribution of the helicopter when used by community
helpers - links to related activities and materials to community
/ Forest Rangers- assess and inspect the forest, forest
rangers use it to police the forest and rescue
*Police Officer - to help and protect citizens
*Firefighter - to rescue people and to stop fires
*Farmer - insect/pest control and to prevent crop diseases
*EMS - Emergency Medical Services - Nurses and doctors use it to save
people and to transport sick people to the hospital when land
transportation is not possible
*Government Agencies: Armed Forces, National Guard, Coast Guard
and other federal agencies around the world use the helicopter in its
mission to protect and aid citizens (natural disasters: hurricanes,
floods, earthquakes, etc.)
- A helicopter requires a specialized pilot. Visit the pilot
activities to get acquainted with this important career.
Idea: Include these activities within a community helper
theme or patriotic
holiday. Decorate the craft to reflect a
police, fire department or armed forces theme (army camouflage for
Activity 2: Alphabet Activities: Letter H is for Helicopter
Lesson Plan and Printable Materials
Present letter H before craft activities. The craft
will reinforce the lesson plan and it features the letter H.
Activity 3: Online Puzzle: Alphabet Letter H Helicopter Online
Enjoy this H Helicopter online puzzle that will address problem solving skills
and reinforce letter recognition. Ask children to find the
letter H h in the image. Separate the pieces and encourage
the children to solve the puzzle. This activity is great for a break and you can adjusting the number of pieces from
6 to 247 - click on the 'change cut' button on the left.
Activity 4: Helicopter Craft and Learning Activities (Ages
Tell the children they are going to make their own special helicopter,
and that it is very similar to the one on the letter H coloring page.
Optional: The rotor can be attached with one fastener
which allows it to move around -- for children 3+ only.
Review printing and assembly options that best meet your needs. Before assembly conduct some of the learning activities suggested
Option 1: Print color templates and conduct your choice of first set of learning activities,
conduct second set of learning activities below and
Option 2: Print black & white, color, paint or decorate first,
proceed as above.
Option 3: Print black & white template #1 & #2 to your choice of contrasting
color craft paper
Other decorations and ideas: Decorate the craft with a community helper theme or
patriotic theme as discussed above, use stickers or used mailing
stamps for the patriotic theme.
Activity 4 Part 1: Learning Activities to conduct before
Helicopter Craft assembly:
Choose from the activities below you feel are are appropriate for the
Shapes & Color
Activity: (before template is cut-out)
1. Identify colors and any shapes that are on template #1 and
#2.: Some children
like to discuss the colors as they choose them while coloring or
painting the templates.
Alphabet Activities: (before template is cut-out)
1. Identify two letter H's in upper case that are part of the
landing gear of the helicopter on template #1. The squares with letters
again provide letter practice to color and trace.
Activity 4 Part 2: Helicopter Craft Assembly:
Proceed with craft assembly. Show briefly the image in
the alphabet poster which features the finished to help the children see how the finished
craft looks and to aid them in positioning the pieces.
Assembly suggestions after learning activities:
1. At this point the template pieces should be colored /
decorated if using the black & white
2. Allow the children to practice scissor cutting as much as possible
assistance when needed.
3. Encourage children to paste the letter H squares on the
rotors template as illustrated.
4. Paste the
rotors template to the
helicopters fuselage or help children insert and secure a fastener.
Activity 5: Helicopter Activity
Worksheet Ages 3.5
This activity worksheet addresses the following skills: trace
- pre-writing skills, identify, match shapes and
numbers 1-4, coloring
Tip: Print activity worksheets in pastel color paper to add
interest (light blue is fun for this page for a sky background)
1. Allow the children to explore and get
acquainted with the activity page.
2. Shapes and Trace: Have the children identify
the shapes in each of the helicopters in the left column. Tell
the children to find the helicopter with the matching shapes on the
right column and trace first with
their finger, then trace with pencil or crayon along the dotted
line. The children will practice curved, straight and zigzag
3. Numbers and Trace: Have the children identify
or assist the children to identify the number in each helicopter 1 to
4 on the left column. Count each group of
shapes in each helicopters that matches the number. For example, identify number 2,
then count out loud: 1 triangle, 2 triangles, etc. Find
the matching number on the right column and encourage to trace dotted
5. Color following instructions - encourage the children to color the matching
helicopters the same color or send home with instructions to
review skills and color.
6: Helicopter- Dot-to-Dot Numbers 1 to 10
*Skills: trace - pre-writing skills, number recognition, sequence, coloring.
Tip: Print activity worksheets in pastel color
paper to add interest (light blue is fun for this page for a sky
1. Allow the children to explore and get acquainted with the
2. Display a page, point and together identify the numbers and
count out loud. The children can follow by pointing and
tracing with their fingers first.
3. Encourage the children to trace with a color pencil or
4. Point to the clouds under the helicopter, trace with your
fingers and suggest to the children to do the same. Have the
children trace the clouds with pencil or crayon.
5. Color and decorate the image. Idea: Fill the
clouds with cut up white material - 1 piece square of toilet tissue
paper - tear in two pieces and apply a thin amount of glue with a
brush over the two clouds. The children press gently to accommodate
the tissue. The tissue tends the "contract and lift a
bit" creating a fluffy effect. Try it its fun! One
cotton ball for each cloud also works by expanding and stretching
Activity 7: Reading - Story time - Helicopter Theme
time can be integrated at any time you feel is more convenient
during the activities.
A book with a helicopter theme would be great, secure one from the
library. Here is one that we really enjoy!
1 & 2
Black & White:
Template 1 & 2
Letter H Helicopter
*Skills: Trace lines, match shapes and
numbers 1-4, coloring
Helicopter- Dot-to-Dot Numbers 1 to 10 & coloring
*Skills: Trace, number recognition
& sequence, coloring
*regular paper, construction paper, card stock
* something to color with
*glue or glue stick
*optional - large fasteners for wheels
Review instructions for other decorations