My girls have seen some kites flying around during these nice days and have expressed some interest in having a kite of their own. I decided that now was the time to make a kite with them that might actually fly. We’ve made kites in the past, small ones of computer paper, straws, and ribbon. None big enough to attempt to actually fly—until now.
- string or ribbon
- straight sticks about 2-3 feet long
- Look for sticks. We found a jackpot on a fallen tree branch in our neighbor’s yard!
- Use your string to tie the sticks into a cross. You’ll want the horizontal stick to be slightly shorter than the vertical stick.
- String your string around the ends of the sticks. You may have to cut small notches in the sticks to help the string stay in place
- Unfold your newspaper and cut a pattern to match the shape of your kite frame. Make it an inch or two larger than your frame, all the way around, so you can fold the edges over.
- Spread the newspaper over your stick frame, fold the edges over your string and glue in place. (Our glue bottle got clogged, so my girls had to use Q-tips to spread their glue.)
- Tie a long string to the kite where the sticks cross.
- Grab the string, run a little, and fly your kite!
Note: I don’t recommend attempting to make your kite outside on a windy day. It was very difficult to work with the newspaper as it always tried to fly away!