Raejean Roberts loves to spend time with her family celebrating life! She's always looking for a way to turn an everyday event into a party. You can read more of her adventures on her personal blog Easy as PIE.

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Airman Family Book Club

Airman by Eoin Colfer made a high flying family book club! It is set in the era of the first aeronautical innovations on a small sovereign island country supported by diamond mining. The brilliantly clever Connor Broekhart faces down the evil conspirator who took the lives of his king and his mentor. Besides his love for flying, Connor gives us plenty to talk about with his sword play, quick thinking and even quicker action in the face of danger.

Book club airplane

I wish my plane was as cool as this one my son made!

After discussing our most and least favorite parts of the book (Who wouldn’t be impressed with a witty and heroic escape from a fiery tower?), we made our own airplanes – the paper kind. What good are airplanes without some kind of contest to demonstrate their effectiveness? We had a couple of tests for distance. I need to come up with a better design since I lost both contests.

Fortunately I shone on our next activity, paper airplane races on Wii Playground. I was the first to win 2 rounds. It’s always fun when I can beat my kids at a video game, especially when it doesn’t happen very often.

We finished off our meeting with ice cream cones with sprinkles. Somehow the kiddo in charge decided the sprinkles represented the fireworks in the book. (I would tell you more, but I don’t want to be a spoiler!)

If you are looking for an adventure for the whole family, be sure to check out Airman. This book has something for everyone – a little romance, a lot of adventure – and you might even sneak in a little history from the time period.

If you like this uplifting activity, you might like reading the following:

Flight Activities for Kids

Flagstaff Lowell Observatory

Flying Machines Summer Camp

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  2. Raejean 04/09/2013 at 9:51 pm

    My kids love the Artemis Fowl books too. I’m still trying to catch up with them since I’ve only read the first two of the series.

  3. Susan G. Haws 04/08/2013 at 11:41 pm

    That is a cool plane your son made. The book sounds interesting. I like the author’s Artemis Fowl books I have read.