Kite Activities for Kids

Make and Fly a Kite

Make and fly a kite, then watch it soar in the breeze. Step-by-step instructions, below, will show you how.

What You'll Need:

  • Two thin, lightweight wooden sticks (36 inches and 18 inches long)
  • String
  • Colorful wrapping paper
  • Tape
  • Cloth strips

There's no better way to "see" the wind than to make and fly a kite. Here's how:

Make a cross out of two wooden sticks (one 36 inches long and the other 18 inches long) placing the shorter stick one foot from the top of the longer stick.

Use string to fasten the two sticks together where they cross. Put string around the outside of the crossed sticks to make a diamond shape, and connect the string to the ends of the sticks with tape. This will make the outline of the kite.

Cut wrapping paper 1-1/2 inches larger than the outline of the kite. Put the paper over the outline. Fold the extra 1-1/2 inch over the string and tape it down.

Tie a ball of string to the place where the sticks are joined. Tie cloth strips to another piece of string, and attach the string to the pointy end of the kite for a tail. Now you're ready to sail on the wind.

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Tiny Straw Kite by Lisa Lerner, Kersten Hamilton.