Small and easy Kites

We are big lovers of kites and all things to fly. When I saw this pattern I knew it would be the perfect answer to Leah's incredible obsession with making kites. She has been making simple kites from newspaper, plastic bags, sticks and just about anything else she can find. The trouble is none of them seem to fair well after a hearty run around the yard. And believe me we have gone through several dollar store kites, everyone a short and sad life. All have been trashed due to the serious wind love from the kids, and several crashes, most of which are the result of being tied to bikes. I think that a small kite like this one is better for younger children, or lots of children wanting to play together. Trust me more than one kite in a small area makes for too many tangles and lots of bickering. Individual kites with shorter strings is the way to go.

To make your own simple kite start by printing the pattern template from Family Fun's website. Then follow their instructions for assembly. I would encourage your kite lover to decorate it to their heart's content and watch how fun it is to make a kite. It takes a few minutes to put the kite together so this is perfect little activity for a sunny wind filled day. Or not so wind filled if they run to catch the wind.

Just to help you along and before you hop on over to the pattern and get started here is a list of the materials needed for this project:

printed kite on 8.5x11 office paper
clear tape
single hole punch
embroidery thread or kite cord
5 foot long ribbon*

*we used crepe paper streamers and placed tape on the ends to allow for durability when we stapled it to the kite.

After your kite is done all you need are some kids to test this out. Hmmm, where can I find some one to try this out?

Source: Family Fun Magazine March 2009 issue.

Another great kite to try which was fun to make is the 20 Minute Kite, designed by Jonathan Socher. It's a bit more involved but if you are looking for an easy kite for older kids to make this one is perfect. The designer builds these with school groups and they are a big hit so perhaps it would be a fun activity for a Scout troop or even a church youth group.


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