High-Flying Activities for Kids

With these high-flying activities for kids, the sky's the limit. A lot of activities and crafts need young crafters to focus down at a table or the ground itself; with these cool activity ideas, they'll need to look up instead.

If you know a kid fascinated by airplanes, kites, or balloons, these high-flying activities will allow them to take flight.

High-Flying Hello

This activity shows a child how to send a message to a stranger via balloon -- and maybe even get a 'hello' back.

Lunch Bag Kite

All over the world, people make paper kites for traditional celebrations. Teach your kids to make kites of their own and join in the world party.

Send a message soaring through the sky with the craft on the next page.

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High-Flying Hello

The high-flying hello activity is one rare instance when kids can safely make friends with a stranger. By tying a simple 'hello' to a balloon, they can bring a smile to someone's face without ever meeting them -- and they might get a 'hello' in return.

What You'll Need:

  • Helium balloons
  • String
  • Postcard
  • Stamp
  • Pencil or pen

Buy inexpensive helium balloons, tie them together, and help your child compose a simple 'hello' postcard to tie on to the string. Be sure to offer a safe return address, like you or your spouse's work address.

Add a stamp and request on the postcard that the person who finds the postcard write something and drop it in the mail. Now set the balloons free and hope for the chance for your child to say hello to a new friend! They may be hearing from someone many miles away before they know it.

Kids can create their own high-flying kite from scratch. Learn how on the next page.

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Lunch Bag Kite

Your child can make a Paper Bag Kite and join in the sky festivities that take place all around the globe.

Kites were invented 3,000 years ago in China, and they spread around the world from there. Today kites and kite festivals are a part of the traditions of many countries, including Guatemala, Japan, India, and Malaysia.

When your kids fly these homemade Paper Bag Kites, they'll be participating in a high-flying, worldwide activity.

What You'll Need:

  • Yarn or string
  • Scissors
  • Yardstick
  • Masking tape or stapler
  • Lunch-size paper bag
  • Crayons or markers
  • Ribbon
  • Wrapping paper or tissue paper
  • Glue
  • Crepe paper streamer

Step 1: Help your child cut five 1-yard-long pieces of yarn or string.

Step 2: Assist your child in taping or stapling the end of each of four of the pieces to a corner of the open side of the bag.

Step 3: Tie the loose ends of the four pieces together. Tie the fifth piece (for holding the kite) to the end of the four knotted strings.

Step 4: Help your child decorate the bag with crayons or markers and by gluing on ribbon, wrapping paper, or tissue paper.

Step 5: Attach a streamer to the bag's bottom. Now your child is ready to run with it!

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ABOUT THE CRAFT DESIGNERS: Contributing writers: Maria Birmingham, Kelly E. Bledsoe, and Kelly Milner Halls.