After-School Activities

Coded Message Kites

Kids can send secret messages with a Coded Message Kite.
Kids can send secret messages with a Coded Message Kite.
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A Coded Message Kite is an easy after-school activity that your child can make to send a secret letter to a friend.

Whether the message is "Come over and play" or "Happy Birthday!" your child's kite is sure to bring a smile to everyone involved.

What You'll Need:

  • Permanent markers
  • Plastic shopping bag
  • Ball of string
  • Ribbon
  • Stapler and staples

Step 1: Using markers, encourage your child to draw some pictures on the plastic bag to make a coded message for a friend to read when the kite is in the air.

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 instruct your child to run with the kite. As the bag fills with air, show him or her how to slowly let out the string. The kite should begin to soar and dive. See if a neighbor or friend can figure out the message drawn on the kite.

Don't forget to take the kite in the house or put it in a trash can when everyone is finished playing with it -- plastic bags can be dangerous for small children and animals.

The next page explains an after-school activity that doesn't use any supplies at all, just a lot of balance and teamwork.

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