Tiny Straw Kite
Diminutive and cute, the tiny straw kite is -- of course -- an easy project, but it also lets future aerospace engineers try out their first, simple designs. Use straws and tissue to create a simple kite.
What You'll Need:
- Dental floss
- 6 straws
- Tissue paper
- Fine paintbrushes
Step 1. Thread one long piece of dental floss through three straws. Tie the ends of the floss together, which will form the straws into a triangle.Step 2. Cut three pieces of dental floss two inches longer than the straws. Thread a piece of floss through each of the last three straws, leaving an inch sticking out of each end.
Step 3. Tie together one end of the floss from all three straws. You will have a three-armed star. Tie the floss hanging from the other end of each straw to a corner of the triangle. You will have a four-sided shape called a tetrahedron.
Step 4. Cover two sides of the tetrahedron by gluing tissue paper to the straws.
Step 5. On the triangles with tissue paper, poke small holes in the paper 1/3 of the way from the top of the kite. Thread a piece of floss through each hole, and tie them around the straw.
Step 6. Tie a slightly longer piece of floss around the straw near the bottom 1/3 of the kite. Tie the floss together, then tie a long string to this to fly the kite. Paint a Hina-doll or a peach blossom on your kite, and see how high it can fly!
Making a small kite is easy -- now try a bigger one. Learn how to make a full-sized kite on the next page.