Kite flying is a wonderful experience for kids (and big people too)!
In our home school activities this week, we created and flew these wonderful kites that are so very simple to make.
I was inspired by these great kite instructions from Rhythm of the Home and adapted them to suit the challenge of crafting with three young preschoolers.
Preparing the materials in advance is the winning factor in a successful crafting session with 3 under 5 years of age.
30cm x 40cm sheet of paper
15cm stick or tube
2 skinny 30cm skewers
15m of string or wool
40cm Crepe paper strips
Wind the rest of the string around the 15cm stick or tube and place in the bag, too.
Place the crepe paper strips into the zip lock bag.
Fold the sheet of paper in half, long sides together.
Along the top short end and the bottom short end, from the outside edge, measure and mark 10cm.
Presenting to the children:
Place the prepared kites and crayons/markers/paints on a table and have the children decorate their kites.
Once children have decorated their kites, tape the skewers along the folds at the 10cm mark.
Reinforce the kite corners where the string will be attached, with tape. Using a hole punch, punch each corner of your kite. Tie the 40cm string through the holes and tie together at the ends. Tie the end of the string wrapped around the stick to the 40cm pieces.
Staple the crepe paper strips to the base of the kite to create a tail.
- Fine motor skills. Cutting, sticking, colouring, grasping the string.
- Gross Motor skills. Running to give the kite some ‘lift’.
- Language development. Labelling parts of the kite: string, tail.
- Cognitive development in mathematical skills and science, wind, weather, lift, gravity, measurement