Transform a plain cardboard box into a shiny, flying machine that kids can wear.
For extra fun, hand the pilot a pair of swimming goggles, a long scarf, and a winter hat with earflaps before takeoff.
Large corrugated cardboard box Utility knife
Start with a large box that is big enough to cover half your child's body. Cut off the bottom flaps of the box with scissors or a utility knife (a job for parents). Cut out rectangular wing flaps on the sides, making sure that they are a little longer than your child's arms and directly across from each other.
For the head hole, cut out a rectangle on the top of the box that's big enough for your child's head but not too close to the edges of the box. Make the opening for the head on the smaller side, to prevent the costume from slipping off your child's shoulders.
To make the airplane costume, paint the entire box with a metallic spray paint so it looks like a flying machine.
For the propellers, cut two strips out of cardboard and cover them with aluminum foil. Fasten the strips to the front of the plane with a long paper fastener and give the propellers a trial spin.
For the windshield, cut a frame out of cardboard the same width as the box. Tape a piece of plastic wrap inside the frame to make it look like glass and attach it to the box with duct tape.