High-Flying Activities for Kids

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.