Share secrets with coded message kites.

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Coded Message Kites

With coded message kites, kids can send secret messages to friends -- messages that only their friends can read. Try this easy outdoor game for kids on a windy day.

What You'll Need:
  • Permanent markers
  • Plastic shopping bag
  • Ball of string
  • Ribbon
  • Stapler and staples

Step 1: Draw pictures on the plastic bag with markers to make a coded message.

Step 2: Tie the handles of the plastic shopping bag together with the end of a ball of string.

Step 3: Staple a few 2-foot lengths of ribbon to the bottom of the bag for kite tails.

Step 4: Find a windy spot outdoors (away from any overhead wires), and start running.

Step 5: As the bag fills with air, slowly let out the string. The kite should begin to soar and dive.

Step 6: See if your friend can figure out the message you drew on the kite.

Don't forget to take your kite in the house or put it in a trash can when you've finished playing with it. Plastic bags are dangerous for small children and animals.

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