Make Your Own Kite

Kite flying can be a wonderful family activity. You may already own some great kites but if you don't, or if your children, like mine, prefer to create their own, here are a couple of suggestions.

The first is intended for three to six year olds:

Materials and Tools

  • Construction paper
  • Crayons
  • Hole punch
  • Reinforcement rings (for loose leaf paper)
  • Scissors
  • Spool of lightweight string
  • 24 inch piece of yarn
  • A few gentle breezes

Directions

  1. Trace a diamond shape on construction paper.
  2. Cut it out.
  3. Decorate as desired.
  4. Punch one hole on each end (top and bottom only).
  5. Surround each hole with reinforcement.
  6. Securely attach yarn to narrow end to form tail
  7. Securely attach string to wide end
  8. Take outside and fly...

And when an older sibling looks on in envy ...

This kite is intended for seven to ten year olds:

Materials and Tools

  • Cloth strip -- 1 inch wide and 3 feet long (use heavier fabric on windier days)
  • Fishing line or very heavy duty thread - 4 yards, nylon
  • Kite string (large roll)
  • Knife (adults need to assist with this part)
  • Rubber cement
  • Wooden dowel 1/4 inch thick and 2 feet long
  • Wooden dowel 1/4 inch thick and 3 feet long
  • Wrapping paper, newsprint or tissue paper, one sheet, 38 inches long by 26 inches wide

Directions

  1. With knife, create a small slice on the top and bottom of each stick (like the back of an arrow) Note: Both notches MUST go in exactly the same direction. This is to hold the string in place.
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