Last week we had a rather blustery day outside and I wanted nothing more than to make kites with the children. The problem though is that at 5 and 2 years old, neither of my children is quite able yet to fly a proper kite. I thought back to my own childhood and remembered how one year in school we made kites from grocery bags, this seemed simple enough that even SunnyGirl could do it.
In order to do make the kites we needed one plastic baggie and one stick per child. Just about any type of string can be used, I happen to have curling ribbon on hand. You’ll need scissors for cutting the string. Decorations like permanent markers and stickers are optional (I would not advise using washable markers for this project as the marker will just rub off all over you and the child).
If you’re going to have the children decorate the bags, they should do that first.
Once the bags are decorated, cut a short length of string (1-2 feet) and tie one end of it on either handle of the baggie. Then cut a long length of string (8-12 feet), tie one end of it to the middle of the short length of string and the other end to the stick. Wrap the string around the stick.
You’re done. Thats it. Too easy, huh? Now all you have to do is go out into an open area with your child, have them hold the stick while you hold the baggie up for the wind to catch it. The kites fly really well, though I had the most ridiculous time trying to get pictures.
This project can be a great conversation starter about air, wind, and weather as well as a chance to remind your children about the importance of recycling.
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