Make a kite with the kids this long weekend

Need an activity to do with the kids this Easter Weekend? Look no further, and learn how to make a kite. It’s not as hard as it sounds, we promise! You will need:

  • 1x 60cm stick or dowel
  • 1x 50cm stick or dowel
  •  Blade to cut notches
  • Spool of string
  • Tissue paper or Newspaper
  • Glue
  • Masking tape
  • Ribbon for tail

Building the Frame

  1. Have an adult cut notches in the ends of both sticks.
  2. Draw a mark 15 cm down the longer stick. Mark the middle of the shorter stick. Line up the two marks and tie the sticks together with string. Secure the string with masking tape.
  3. Wrap string twice around and through the notches of all four sticks.

Making the Sail

  1. Cut out a paper outline. Leave about 2.5cm beyond the string.
  2. Place glue on each paper edge. Fold the paper over the string.

Making the Cradle

  1. Reinforce the top and bottom points with masking tape.
  2. Punch small holes in the paper on both sides of the stick at the top and bottom.
  3. Tie a 76-cm loop of string through the holes. Tie your spool of string to the loop about a third of the way down.

Finishing and Flying

  1. Make a 14-m tail, about 5 cm wide. Tie the tail to the bottom of the kite.
  2. Head to a wide-open space on a windy day and let it fly!
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