Kid's Activity: Let's Make a Super Easy Kite!

by Melissa Jaramilllo and Julie Snyder

boy at beach with his kiteWhat child wouldn't love to feel the tug of the wind on a string? Kites have been mentioned throughout history for over two thousand years! Their uses have been extremely varied. Did you know that kites have been used in battles (warriors judged the distance needed to travel by measuring the line), as a fishing technique (fishermen allowed the kites to appear as a bird over the water dropping a *bait* line in), for study of the weather (air currents, wind velocity, temperatures), and much more? Of course there was the famous experiment by Ben Franklin on electricity. Man's desire to fly has also been touted by kites. Most of all they are just plain fun!

Here is all you need to make our super easy kite (appropriate for flying in light winds):

  • 8 ½ x 11 sheet of paper (construction or copy/printer paper)
  • Tape (heavy masking tape recommended)
  • Stapler
  • Crayons, Markers, Glitter (things to decorate your kite)
  • 10 ft. Lightweight string or yarn
  • Toilet paper tube (or 1" x 3" piece of cardboard to wind string)
  • Scissors
  • Plastic bag(s) cut into spiral strips (optional for tail)

Directions:
You can decorate your kite before or after creating it.

  1. Fold paper in half as indicated by dotted line in Figure 1.

  2. Next, fold paper down and back towards center as shown in
    Figure 2. Staple to center.

  3. Fold down the opposite side also to center as shown in Figure 3 and staple as before.

  4. Now place a piece of strong tape on the center of the kite, approximately 3 inches from the "top." Cut a hole through the center as shown in Figure 4.

  5. Finally, tie on your string or yarn through the hole (Figure 5), winding the remaining length around your cardboard. Optional: Add on spiral ribbon or plastic streamers for colorful tails. You're now ready to fly! Have fun!

Julie Snyder is a mom of six, interested in kids, pregnancy, birth, people and lives in the outlying Seattle area. Melissa Jaramillo is mom to many. She's passionate about building, encouraging, and strengthening families on this adventure known as parenthood!

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