Saturday, October 31, 2009

Blustery days & Kite Tutorial

We had a very windy day this week ~ So we made a kite. 

I don't have pictures of us flying it. Turbo needed help to get it going and we were having so much fun that I forgot to take another picture.

We made kites several times last year and they are always quick and easy. Here's how you can make your own!

Sheet of copy paper
8" rod (Straw or wooden skewer)
Ribbon (use regular ribbon, crape paper, cut plastic bag) Ideally about 6' - but don't let it stop you if you have less.
6'+ String (yarn, string etc)
Spool for string (papertowel/TP tube, large plastic spice jar (like sprinkles))
Hole Punch

Figure 1: Fold the paper in half
Figure 2: Fold top sheet on a diagonal - 1/2" from the fold at the top to 3" at the bottom. 
Figure 3: Tape
Figure 4: Tape down rod item (we used a straw cut to size)
Figure 5: Tape down ribbon (I didn't have long enough ribbon, so I used what I had)
Figure 6: Straighten out the back fin. Hole punch about 1/3 down from top and attach string (we used yarn). Wind remaining string around spool item (we used a Toilet paper tube.)


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