Ioan has been desperate to lean how to make different types of paper aeroplanes for a while now, so we were able to use it in our dinosaur theme.


  • Usborne ‘100 Paper Dragons to fold & fly’ book
  • Ruler


These are really meant to be dragons, but it didn’t take much imagination to turn them into dinosaurs! Ioan was in charge of reading and talking us through the step-by-step instructions.

Finn found it tricky to do precise folding, so I folded loosely and he did the real fold for each step.

After they had built a few different types, we took them out and about to test them outdoors.

Then they ran around making their dinosaurs ‘fly’. Even when running, Finn can’t help make noise. Here he was shouting, “Let’s all play! Try and get us!”

DfES Early Learning Goals (2017)

Communication and language

ELG 01 – Listening and attention:

Children listen attentively in a range of situations. They give their attention to what others say and respond appropriately, while engaged in another activity.

ELG 02 – Understanding:

Children follow instructions involving several ideas or actions. They answer ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions about their experiences and in response to stories or events.

Physical development

ELG 04 – Moving and handling:

Children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. They move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space. They handle equipment and tools effectively.


ELG 09 – Reading:

Children read and understand simple sentences. They use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately. They also read some common irregular words. They demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read.