The HF400 #paperplanes #thegallery #passiton

This is a Guest Post from my son aged 11.

He likes making things. All sorts of things. He has been on my blog before with his Harpoon Pokemon. Today he is here with his paper airplane! (Airplane, aeroplane?)

He calls it the HF400 – seems as good a name for a plane as any if you ask me. Although there is a rumour that all the best planes are named after weather….. Typhoon, Tornado etc, so maybe it should be called the LightDrizzle?

Step 1

Step 2 – repeat on opposite corner

Step 3 – do a weird pinchy thing

Step 4 – flatten top section, retaining triangular shape

Step 5 – fold the top triangles into the mid-line

Step 6 – fold the bottom of this new section up

Step 7 – and then under

Step 8 – fold in the outside edges creating a sleeker shape

Step 9 –  fold in half

Step 10 – fold down each side from about 1cm up from mid-line to create the wings

Step 11 –  then fold again to make sleeker

Step 12 – repeat on both sides

Step 13 – make slits into the back of the plane with scissors and push the flaps up

Step 14 – ta da! You should now have made a HF400!

Step 15 – now all you need to do is comment below and tell my boy that he is a genius and that it’s the best darn paper plane you’ve ever flown :)

This is also my blog post for #passiton

It dawned on me while doing this with him how lucky we are to be carefree enough to be able to spend some free time making paper planes. We can do this because we have home, food, shelter and love. We aren’t worried about illness, our next meal or whether our water is safe to drink.

We are lucky and for that I am grateful.

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In January Save the Children launched its most ambitious campaign to date, No Child Born to Die. Every year 8 million children under five die from illnesses we know how to treat or prevent, such as diarrhoea and pneumonia.

The Campaign:

Save The Children is focusing on the provision of vaccinations and healthcare workers. In June there is a meeting in London hosted by David Cameron and attended by other world leaders. Save The Children aims to make as much noise as possible to ensure the funding shortfall for vaccinations (4.7 billion) is met by all the donor countries.

If this funding gap is met the vaccines that could then be provided would save the lives of millions of children.

This week 3 bloggers/ vloggers are going to Mozambique to follow the journey of a vaccine from the coldstore in the city right down to a rural community. They will write, make films and tweet about their experiences, the children and families they meet and the challenges of “cold” vaccinations in hot countries.

The bloggers going are diverse, Lindsay Atkin (@Liliesarelike) is a hugely popular YouTuber, Chris Mosler (@christinemosler) is an influential parenting blogger and Tracey Cheetham (@tchee) is a popular political blogger and recently elected councilor.

What YOU can do:

  • If you have a blog, pass it on. I was tagged for this by the lovely @Metajugglamum I’m actually not tagging anyone in particular to do this – I want it to be open to anyone to take up the mantle.
  • You could get your child to draw a self portrait of themselves now or in the future, write a post about this or another associated thought or experience, then pass this on by tagging other bloggers. The main aim is to stress the point again … and again … that every child has the right to the same priveleges as our own; no mother deserves to lose a child unnecessarily and no child is born to die if there is a means to prevent it. Help spread the word. Thank you.
  • Sign the petition
  • Love your children, appreciate what you’ve got.
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