You can make your own kites using some math and measurement skills, and following instructions.
YOU WILL NEED
- Two 3 foot long dowel rods
- A spool of string or ribbon
- Sturdy paper (old shopping bags are perfect)
- Strong tape (such as duct tape or reflective tape)
- Art supplies for decorating
WHAT TO DO
- Using a tape measure or ruler, measure the dowels.
- On one of the dowels, make a mark at 2 feet.
- Get an adult to help you cut the one dowel at the 2 foot mark.
- Discard the foot long piece of dowel.
- You now have one 3 foot long dowel and one 2 foot long dowel.
- On the 3 foot long dowel, measure and make a mark at 1 foot.
- Take the short dowel and place it across the long dowel at the 1 foot mark.
- Measure and cut one foot of string.
- Tie the rods together into a cross shape with the string, making sure the rods stay together.
- Place the rods on the paper.
- With a ruler, measure and make a mark two inches from the end of each dowel.
- With a pencil and ruler, draw a line to connect the marks and form a kite shape.
- Cut out a paper kite shape.
- Using a ruler, measure 2 inches around the inside of the kite shape. Make a mark.
- Make a fold on each diagonal side of the kite at the 2 inch mark to create an edge. Secure with tape.
- Tape the paper portion of the kite to the cross.
- Decorate the kite. However, do not use anything heavy or attach anything to the kite (beads, feathers, etc.) It’s best to stick with markers, colored pencils and light paint.
- Tie spool of string to the point where the bars cross, leaving the end attached to the spool.