Wonder Wednesday 79: Go Fly a Kite!

Celebrate the spring winds with some Wings, Worms, and Wonder kite flying creative nature connection fun! Click to learn how to make your own kites!

 

Happy Wonder Wednesday! I hope everyone has been having a great time in this past week since the equinox. Whether you are entering spring or fall, it’s a time of transition to explore and enjoy. So what better way to celebrate the traditional March winds than with a kite!

These little kites are easy to make and easy and fun to fly. I’ve never been that skilled at flying kites, and even I can fly these fun little kites!

Once you get yours made, seek out a local spring kite flying celebration and go fly a kite!


 

Wonder Wednesday 79: Go Fly a Kite!

These little homemade kites don’t need (or prefer) a very strong wind and work best on a nice steady breeze day. The are perfect for a spring afternoon and perfect for national kite month – April!

 

Materials

Rectangle Paper – construction, copy, handmade, manila drawing paper, or any lightweight paper in the shape of a rectangle

String – kite string or other similar type string. Thread is too thin and cotton yarn is too thick

Drinking straw

Tape – clear, washi, or other tape

Ruler

Pencil or marking pen

Awl or small hole punch

Light ribbon – I used 18 inches length so I could tie it into bows

Celebrate the spring winds with some Wings, Worms, and Wonder kite flying creative nature connection fun! Click to learn how to make your own kites!

 

Preparation

Decorate the paper with drawings or paintings of spring if you like. I used decorative paper here.

Celebrate the spring winds with some Wings, Worms, and Wonder kite flying creative nature connection fun! Click to learn how to make your own kites!

 

Procedure

Fold the paper in half short end to short end. Then make a dot approximately 1 inch from the fold at the top and 1 inch from the open edge at the bottom. Draw a dotted fold line if you like.

Celebrate the spring winds with some Wings, Worms, and Wonder kite flying creative nature connection fun! Click to learn how to make your own kites!

 

Fold on the dotted line.

Celebrate the spring winds with some Wings, Worms, and Wonder kite flying creative nature connection fun! Click to learn how to make your own kites!

 

Flip the paper over and fold the other side to match.

Celebrate the spring winds with some Wings, Worms, and Wonder kite flying creative nature connection fun! Click to learn how to make your own kites!

 

Tape the fold together.

Celebrate the spring winds with some Wings, Worms, and Wonder kite flying creative nature connection fun! Click to learn how to make your own kites!

 

Flip the taped side down and crease the fold so it stands up if needed, just to adjust the shape and folds of the kite.

Celebrate the spring winds with some Wings, Worms, and Wonder kite flying creative nature connection fun! Click to learn how to make your own kites!

 

On the taped “face” side of the kite, tape a drinking straw across the front to add structure

Celebrate the spring winds with some Wings, Worms, and Wonder kite flying creative nature connection fun! Click to learn how to make your own kites!

 

Flip the kite face down, on the “wing” and measure about 1/3 down from the top and 1/2 inch in from the fold and make a dot.

Celebrate the spring winds with some Wings, Worms, and Wonder kite flying creative nature connection fun! Click to learn how to make your own kites!

 

Poke  or punch a hole on this dot. Place a small piece of tape over the hole on each side to reinforce the hole. Then, punch through the tape as well.

Celebrate the spring winds with some Wings, Worms, and Wonder kite flying creative nature connection fun! Click to learn how to make your own kites!

 

Tie the string through the hole and leave the spool attached or allow for a long amount of string so you can fly the kite high!

Celebrate the spring winds with some Wings, Worms, and Wonder kite flying creative nature connection fun! Click to learn how to make your own kites!

 

Tape your ribbon kite tail to the bottom of the kite face. Tie bows if you like.

Celebrate the spring winds with some Wings, Worms, and Wonder kite flying creative nature connection fun! Click to learn how to make your own kites!

 

Head outside for some kite flying fun!

You may need to make some adjustments – if the kite won’t fly, cut the tail a bit shorter. If the kite sags in the air, reel the string in. If it tugs too much, let the string out. Enjoy the learning process of making and flying kites! Now, go fly a kite!

 

Extensions

Go out into nature and draw all the signs of spring you find on your piece of rectangular paper. Use this paper to make your spring kite!

Try using even bigger sized papers to make big and really big kites! Just adjust your cross bar by using long bamboo skewers,  straws taped together, or even a very light dowel rod, and your tail ribbon. Regular kite string is fine to use with all sized kites.

If doing this with young children, let them decorate the paper first with watercolor paint, then the adults later make the kites.

With older children, have them decorate, do the precise measurements when assembling the kite, and learn about how and why kites fly. (see the Seeds to Sprout section for a link on why and how kites fly.)

 

Seeds to Sprout:

If you live in central Virginia, check out the Rockfish Valley Foundation Kite Flying Festival on April 14!

Learn more about why kites fly from the National Kite Month website!

Are you in central Virginia or North Florida? Come see me at one of my spring events! Check them all out here.

 

 

 

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