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Make a micro kite!

Four colourful micro kites laying on the grass.

What’s the Idea?

Make a micro kite from materials that you probably have stuffed in a drawer somewhere at home. No wind required!

What’s the story

This is an activity that both of my kids enjoy doing.

The activity is fun and straightforward and it usually gets them out of the house, into the garden and running around when they are finished!

There are several videos online detailing how to make various ‘micro/mini kites’ and I chose one that I thought looked the most straightforward.

I could also find most of the materials stuffed away in my crafts and birthday drawer.

No wind is required, just pull them along behind you as you run and watch them fly!

People should do this because…?

Firstly, it’s something easy to do at home that does not require an extensive list of materials.

Secondly, most materials can, most likely, be found in an old crafts drawer, tool kit or present wrapping drawer!

Thirdly, depending on what colour paper or paper tissue you have the design choices are endless.

Finally, it also gets the kids out and about running around afterwards!

How do you do it?

There are quite a few different ways to make a micro kite but I found the below steps to be the most straightforward:

  1. Find all the materials you need: A4 piece of paper, tape, scissors, two straws (or coffee cup stirrers/skewers), pen, glue, hole punch, string and ribbon
  2. Fold your A4 piece of paper in half and glue together
  3. Use the ruler and pen to create a diamond/kite shape on the piece of paper
  4. Cut out the kite
  5. Decorate it as you wish
  6. Use some tape at the bottom point to reinforce the kite
  7. Create a hole at the bottom of the kite (where the tape is)
  8. Tie your kite string (ribbon) to the vertical skewer
  9. Fix the wooden skewers to the back of the kite in a ‘cross’ shape with glue
  10. Put a string or ribbon through the hole at the bottom of the kite as the tail of the kite

Now your kite is complete! Have fun!

Stuff you may need

  • Paper
  • Plastic or paper tissue
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Straws (or coffee cup stirrers/ skewers)
  • Pen
  • Glue
  • Hole punch
  • Colouring pens
  • String and ribbon

Links to other articles on the web

https://www.instructables.com/id/Mini-Kite/

https://www.happinessishomemade.net/quick-easy-kids-crafts-anyone-can-make/

Links to other videos on the web

Links to books

https://www.waterstones.com/book/quick-crafts-for-parents-who-think-they-hate-craft/emma-scott-child/9781785042485

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