March, the time of the year, that makes for windy weather; perfect for flying kites. Buying a kite is something most of us do, but what about making one? Why make instead of buy? Besides it being a fun craft for your kids to do, it allows them to be creative, with how they decorate it. Plus, you can use this project as part of your art curriculum records. So, how do you make a kite?
First, you will need to gather some supplies:
1. 13-gallon plastic trash bag (white bags are best for decorating). 2. Two wooden dowels or straight sticks, one 24 inches long, the other 20 inches long. 3. Scissors 4. String or fishing line 5. Ruler 6. Clear packing tape
7. Ribbon 8. Permanent markers for additional decoration
1. Cut open the trash bag to form a flat plastic sheet.
2. Measure six inches down on the long stick and make a mark. Lay the short stick at the mark and form a “t” or cross shape. Tie the sticks together, using tape if necessary.
3. Put the sticks down on the trash bag, while using your ruler to draw a line around the frame. From the top stick to the side and then down to the bottom point. Use your ruler to continue the outline on the other side of the t-shape. It should look like a diamond. Cut your diamond two inches wider than your diamond pattern.
4. Lay the sticks on the plastic diamond shape, fold the edges over the stick frame, and tape it down.
5. Then you can turn the kite over and decorate it using markers.
6. Cut a piece of string 20 inches long. Poke holes in the top and bottom of the kite. Then tie the string in a knot in the top and bottom holes (if necessary, use some tape to keep it secure). Then tie on the rest of your string to the middle of the string.
7. Tape the ribbon to the bottom of the kite to create a tail for your kite.
Once your child has completed their home-made kite, they can take it outside on a windy day. Make sure to have them keep their kite away from any power lines and trees.
“Make a Kite — National Geographic Kids.” National Geographic. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Mar. 2015.