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So, it's been a while that dd has been trying to fly, almost daily. She has tried jumping off my sewing stool, the couches, the trampoline, the deck onto the grass outside. She's used balloons, leaves, paper, her arms, sticks as her 'wings'. Obviously nothing works and she's sooooo frustrated after working on it for an hour.<br><br>
I thought she might be interested in planes or birds, but nope, she wants for herself to fly.<br><br>
SO, I'm out to lunch in the creativity department when it comes to helping kids fly, does anyone have ideas for fun stuff, further reading, experiments, field trips, video/audio, anything else?<br><br>
Only thing I could think of was a hot air balloon ride, which it's way too cold for that.<br>
Weird request I know but I coudl use some ideas at least as a starting point.
 

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no advice sorry <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br>
but i think you DD sounds to cute!!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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My five year old is convinced that he, too, will figure out how to do it too! He will spend forever running as fast as he can and trying to "take off", or jumping off the coffee table over and over again, thinking that if he just jumps high enough he will fly.<br><br>
He says repeatedly, "I just know I can fly, I just know I can fly"... "almost, just a little bit higher..." <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I'd do the balloon ride or maybe a helicopter ride but make sure she understands not to try and jump out. I'm sure it's just a phase. You could get her a cape to wear, some play butterfly wings, a kite to fly, airplane toy.
 

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<span>Well, I'm not one to try to discourage children's fantasies at all, but I can't help but think it would help to come right out and explain that people simply <i>can't</i> fly - and why that is...but that that doesn't mean they can't have fun pretending... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"> I was a child of the Superman days, and I remember us all jumping off of little things like that to fly, but a lot of children actually did get hurt taking it too far, and I recently read that some are now doing that because of the Spiderman movies. Funny - just the other day I was watching some birds and thinking how much fun it would be to be able to fly. I guess that longing is something we humans are just stuck with...<br><br>
Rebecca Rupp, who's written several popular books about homeschooling. was a scientist and researcher first, and she wrote a nice little book called <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FEverything-Never-Learned-About-Birds%2Fdp%2F0882663453" target="_blank">Everything You Never Learned About Birds</a>: Lore & Legend, Science & Nature, Hands On Projects - that might be pretty helpful. And here's a fun little NASA site for children on the <a href="http://www.ueet.nasa.gov/StudentSite/historyofflight.html" target="_blank">History of Flight</a> - it also discusses some legends and early historical attempts at flight. - Lillian</span>
 

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Hang gliding- maybe you can find a video on that- its as close as people come to flying as far as I can tell. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Oh, she KNOWS she can't fly. We've talked about that. We've read a little about people in the past who have tried to fly (in a book about planes so there wasn't much info there). She is having loads of fun pretending but is frustrated in a way like "man I wish it would just work one time". <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
I just thought I'd post here looking for ideas of how to get more into the subject in a fun way.<br><br>
I hadn't thought of Hang-gliding, OTMomma. Thanks for the tip! I'll look up stuff now.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Oh, she KNOWS she can't fly. We've talked about that. We've read a little about people in the past who have tried to fly (in a book about planes so there wasn't much info there). She is having loads of fun pretending but is frustrated in a way like "man I wish it would just work one time". <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
I just thought I'd post here looking for ideas of how to get more into the subject in a fun way.</div>
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<span>Oh, okay - got it! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Lillian</span>
 
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