Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Kids Craft - How to Make Your Own Mini Kite

My girl loves kites. She can't get enough of it. We bought her a plastic kite, however we don't always have the time to take her to the park to fly it. The park is always packed and the kite sometimes gets in the way of joggers and other people at the park who gets annoyed. Once the kite strings got in the way of a jogger and you should have seen the killer look she gave my girl. I know it was our fault but still, she's only a little girl.

My girl resorted to 'flying' her kite in our tiny porch. Of course it couldn't fly but she was happy enough to run round and round with it, imagining that it was taking flight at great heights. I was afraid that the kite would destroy my neighbour's flowers which were hanging over our adjoining wall, so for a school holiday project, we made a mini kite for her to fly around in the comfort of our own home. She can even 'fly' it indoors.

Here's what you need to make your own mini kite for kids.


1. Paper - Preferably light enough to 'fly' but solid enough to hold up
2. Straws
3. Double Sided Tape
4. String
5. Scissors

Here's how to make your own mini kite for kids:


1. Cut 2 triangles. One for the kite. Another smaller one for the rudder. Cut one more tiny rectangular piece of paper for securing the kite down onto the rudder.
2. Tape two drinking straws in a cross.
3. Tape the bigger triangle over the cross
4. Tape the smaller triangle on the front of the bigger triangle with double sided tape to form a rudder (Please note that the double sided tape I had in my picture is not suitable as it was too thick. Fortunately, we have the very thin double sided tape which was also more sticky at home. Use those.)



How to make your own mini kite for kids - Further instructions:




5. Decorate the tail by sticking colored strips of paper on the kite with double sided tape
6. Tape the string of the kite onto the rudder with double sided tape. Place the string on the rudder, then tape it down with double sided tape, one side facing the string and secure it with another side of the double sided tape facing a small rectangular piece of paper in the same color.

That's it.  You have crafted a small mini kite. Don't expect this kite to withstand rough handling. You can use them as decorations instead if you like. They will 'fly' nicely above the tops of children's rooms as part of a child's room decor. Make them in several colors for decoration. They look great.

The above is our completed Mini Kite Craft Picture. The kids were so eager to make the kites, I did not manage to take step by step photos. Hopefully the instructions are clear enough. If not, just improvise.

This is another fun craft you can do with your kids this school holidays. Most kids love kites so they will love this Mini Kite Craft.

3 comments:

  1. I simply like that you teach your kids and parents to be creative and save money at the same time.

    My one and only daughter is big enough and is already at an age to get married. Surely I will do this should she 'DECIDE' to have kids, you know nowadays the current generation don't believe in having kids.

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  2. I am planning to make these for my kids' playgroup this week to celebrate Kite Day - what kind of paper do you recommend? Your photos look like a tissue or crepe paper, but I'm worried that won't hold up.
    Thank you,
    Amber

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  3. I'm the Editorial Assistant for Fun Family Crafts and I wanted to let you know that we have featured your kite project! You can see it here:

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    If you have other kid-friendly crafts, we'd love it if you would submit them. If you would like to display a featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above. Thanks for a wonderful project idea!

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