Rubber Bands $1.99 at Office Depot; probably less expensive at Wal-Mart. We'll get 2 packs to make sure we have plenty.
Any gum with foil wrappers works great; however, the gum my son brought home does not have foil wrappers, so instead of putting a wrap around the gum with the foil wrapper showing as shown on the Valentine Airplane, we'll cover the entire piece of gum. The gum was very flimsy and kept bending when the grandkids tried to put the airplanes together, so I cut strips of card stock 2 3/4" X 3/4" and had the kids set them on the gum before they wrapped the gum with the paper.
We bought this huge 41 ounce bag of Life Savers at Wal-Mart. The bag has over 200 pieces in it, individually wrapped. Yes, they have to be unwrapped to use them for the wheels of the airplane. Sonny cut one end off each wrapper and Skyler dumped the mints out of the wrappers into a bowl. There were only 3 broken mints in the bag. We ate them.
Smarties are inexpensive. We got an extra bag for the kids to enjoy!
I printed the words Congrats Smartie! several times using a word document, the font is Arial as the letter were the closest I could find to the letters the grandkids learned in school. I used size 18. You could write them on pieces of paper if you want, but I don't have that much time to spare. I folded the paper so the grandkids would have cutting lines.
To assemble the Airplanes, thread the rubber band through the hole in two Life Savers. I had the grandkids put their pinky finger through one loop of the rubber band, put a stick of gum in the loop on the other side of the Life Savers, then take the rubber band off their finger and over the other end of the gum. Next, they inserted the roll of Smartie's under the gum and above the Life Savers. They added small stickers for a finished look.
Too much fun and totally worth every minute! Tomorrow they grandkids will put the Graduation Hat Cards and the Candy Airplane in clear poly bags, tie them with ribbons and be ready for the last day of school!
Until next time, Happy Crafting!
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