High Flyers Day - Wiley Post
Today is High Flyers Day! This theme was inspired by Wiley Post, one of the most famous Oklahomans of all time. His hometown was Maysville, Oklahoma. Post was an airplane pilot and the first person to fly solo around the world! He also invented the space suit, making it possible for later astronauts like Oklahoma Hall of Fame members Gen. Tom Stafford, Maj. Gordon Cooper, and Com.John Herrington to explore space!
Movie time! Learn more about Wiley Post’s life and impact by watching this free PBS|OETA Back in Time video about Wiley Post! It features footage of the famous aviator and his planes, as well as commentary by Oklahoma Hall of Fame Member Bob Burke and other notable historians. A note to grown ups: this video discusses Post’s early criminal activity and incarceration (we recommend 5th grade +). If you want a movie to enjoy with younger (or young at heart) plane enthusiasts, try Disney’s Planes. This movie is available for rent on Amazon.
Storytime! A fun storytime book is Away in My Airplane by Margaret Wise Brown. You can watch this video of librarian Angelina Jean reading it aloud. Grownups might enjoy Wiley Post: From Oklahoma to Eternity by Bob Burke, published by the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.
Arts & Crafts! Wow! There are so many fun plane activities out there! Watch this video to create your own paper airplane. All you need is a regular sheet of 8.5” x 11” paper! If you want something a little more in depth, you might try this popsicle stick airplane craft.
Make & Eat it! Wiley Post lived during a time in America called the Great Depression. During this time, people made all kinds of desserts because sugar prices were low. This is when the sugary drink, Kool Aid was invented and rice crispy treats became a favorite. Why don’t you whip up some Kool Aid and try this Marshmallow Crispy Treat recipe from Oklahoma Hall of Fame member Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman! This is a good collection of resources for families who want to learn more about the Great Depression.
Listen to it! The Great Depression is recorded in the music and songs of this era. Here’s a list of Depression-era music on Spotify. You can sign up for a free account. There are over 900 songs on this list, so please listen first to determine what you’d like to share with your family.
Keep learning more of Oklahoma’s Story! We hope that you have a fun time at home creating your own High Flyers day! As always, there’s more to this Oklahoma story, come back tomorrow and we’ll have more for you to explore! Please post pictures of your High Flyers day and share them with us: #ohofathome
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