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Batman Flying Activity – Da Vinci For Kids: Part 2

Enjoy this batman flying activity for kids to learn about Leonardo da Vinci’s inventions and ideas for man to take flight, and an opportunity for children to make inventions themselves.

Inspiration – Family Trip to France

We were so inspired by the inventions and art of Leonardo da Vinci during our recent visit the the Clos de Luce chateau in France. As an artist, inventor, scientist, and mathematician he is the epitome of a Renaissance Man. Part 1 of our Learning Series is about Vitruvian Man. This post will explore flight with a Batman Flying Activity.
Part 2 is now about Da Vinci’s  interest in finding a way for man to fly.  He drew designs for various types of inventions like gliders, parachutes, and helicopters.

batman flying activity

Batman flying activity

Da Vinci’s Helicopter design at Clos de Luce in the Loire Valley

Batman Flying Activity

Being married to somebody in the aviation business, I am especially drawn to learning activities related to flight. Leonardo da Vinci was also very interested in this subject and he drew inspiration from nature.  He is known from his writings and sketches to have studied the shape of bat wings and considered them an ideal means to lift men into the sky. Thus, he was the original creator of batman! Lol.

My boys are obsessed with batman so when I told them we would see if we can make our own bat wings for a batman flying activity, they jumped right on board!

Batman flying activity

My boys are a bit batman obsessed.

Discussion:

We watched these videos about Leonardo’s interest in Man Taking Flight.

Planning:

Then I gave my sons a display of inspiration – toy planes, helicopters, bats, batman, etc., and asked them to make their own sketch of some type of wings or flying machine we could create and use for experiments. My 6 year old son came up with this 4 pointed wing design.

Batman Flying Activity

Steps:
1. Using my sons drawing as a guide, I drew out the wings on a large cardboard box. Then, I cut it out and made holes where the ropes could go to tie around my son’s torso. After tying it on, he asked that we add a handle onto the top wings for his hands to hold on. Great improvement upon the design!Batman Flying Activity

Batman Flying Activity

Batman Flying Activity

2. Trampoline Jumps: We bounced off the trampoline with and without the the batman flying activity wings. We didn’t notice much effect.

Batman Flying Activity

Batman Flying Activity

3. Playground jumps: We went to our nearby playground which has a nice layer of rubber matting.  My son jumped off a 2 foot jump without the wings. We measured his distance as 32 inches  We repeated it with the wings and the distance 35 inches. (The breeze might have helped.)

Batman Flying Activity

Measuring his jump before the bat wings…

Batman Flying Activity

Batman Flying Activity

4. High-Dive Jumps: This was by far the funnest way to test the wings. Unfortunately though, the pool water quickly soaks the cardboard wings and destroys them instantly, so we left this one for last! Same idea – we did a before wings distance jump and an after wings distance jump.  We found that the wings actually pulled him down faster – we need a lighter material for next time. Probably the same problems Leonardo da Vinci faced!

Batman Flying Activity

Batman Flying Activity pool jump

Batman Flying Activity

Oh God! I’ve created a thrill-seeking Mommy-scaring monster!

Parenting crisis moment

Batman flying activity

photo via wikipedia

Have I created a monster?  My oldest son has always been the thrill-seeker. Have I just encouraged him to try out free-jumping or wing-suits? Will this be him in another 8 years? OH GOD – WHAT HAVE I DONE???

Helicopter Toys – Leonardo da Vinci Activity

We noticed that da Vinci’s design for a spiral shaped swirling helicopter was similar in some ways to one of our favorite toys – the Skyrocopter.

So we finished off our flight-learning day by pulling and launching these disks in the backyard.

Here’s a link to buy this awesome toy through Amazon.

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Have you tried this batman flying activity at home?  What have you done to teach your children about flight or making inventions?  I would love to hear in the comments!

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