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Italian Themed Craft: Parachutes

Updated: Mar 12, 2019


I was thinking really hard what was Italian and could be easily made into a fun craft activity with my two little ones. I came across this fun fact... Did you know that Leonardo Da Vinci was the first person who came up with the idea of the parachute?


He was not the one to make the first tested prototype though. That credit goes to Louise-Sebastien Lenormand, a French inventor. Nonetheless, it is very impressive that he conceptualised this invention hundreds of years ago and it was proven to work a couple of hundreds of years later.


So here's what our final product looked like:

Our Happy Parachuter

What do we need for this craft:

  1. watercolours and brush

  2. coffee filters

  3. strings

  4. a parachuter (we drew our parachuter on an old name card, you can use mini lego men)

  5. pipe cleaners

It's all pretty straightforward. We painted our parachutes first.


After the parachutes dry, simply make four holes and tie 4 strings, one to each hole. Then make a small loop with the pipe cleaner and tie the other ends of the 4 strings to it. Then loop the pipe cleaner around your parachuter and you are done.


Here's how we had fun!

That's all for now.


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