Simple Kite Making For Kids

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Kite flying is a wonderful experience for kids (and big people too)!

Simple Kite 1It is an incredible feeling to be holding onto a kite string and feeling the pull of the wind as the kite soars high above.

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.

Kite materialsMaterials for each child

30cm x 40cm sheet of paper

15cm stick or tube

2 skinny 30cm skewers

15m of string or wool

40cm Crepe paper strips

Sticky tape

Paper punch

Stapler

Crayons/markers/paint

Simple Kite titleFor each child cut 2 40cm lengths of string and place in a zip lock bag.

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.

Zip lock materialsBefore presenting the activity to the children complete the following steps:

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.

Measure topAlong the long side, from the top, measure and mark 10cm.

Measure sideUsing a ruler, draw a line from the top end mark to the side mark. Then a line from the side mark down to the bottom end mark.

Draw linesCut along these lines.

CutOpen the kite out and fold along the 10cm mark back towards the middle fold, on both sides.

FoldOpen kite out.

Presenting to the children:

Place the prepared kites and crayons/markers/paints on a table and have the children decorate their kites.

Decorate

Once children have decorated their kites, tape the skewers along the folds at the 10cm mark.

SkewersReinforce 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.

String

Staple the crepe paper strips to the base of the kite to create a tail.

TailYour kite is ready to fly!

Simple Kite 2Making and Flying Kites Develops:

  • 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

 

 

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  1. Looking forward to making these with my preschooler. He came home with a paper plane today but these will be much more fun to fly around!
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  2. This is an awesome kite! Thanks, again, for sharing it with us!
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  3. I love this! One that we have done is to tie yarn to the handles of plastic grocery bags – cheap & easy & very portable ;0) We try not to use those plastic bags as much now though, so I’d rather try yours – especially since the children have more of a hand in them. Thank you!

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