Here is yet another post related to my crafts for kids obsession. I love keeping little ones busy with arts and crafts and making their little minds use their creativity. Since it is summer here in Colorado I wanted to make a kite for Maya to play with outside. Although kites are for more grown up kids she enjoyed watching me do it and loves seeing it fly so this diy is suitable for toddlers too.
Materials I used
- Colour paper. Be as creative as you want.
- Colour tape or whatever you have.
- A pair of scissors.
- A string of yarn.
- Two wooden sticks. Anything you have or can find at the craft store. I used food sticks that usually come with my Chinese takeaway and I never use.
Place one stick over the other to form a cross like shape. Then cut a piece of the tape and stick together. I used several layers of tape for a tighter fit.
Place one piece of paper beneath the cross and using a pencil mark all four edges of the cross on the paper.
Then cut diagonally to connect the marks and form the kite outer part. Repeat on one more paper. You will end up with two kite paper shapes.
Using the tape again, tape all for edges of the cross to on of the paper shapes.
Take the yarn and tie with well at the cross section of the two wooden sticks, over the tape and then wrap it around the long side of the vertical stick and tie it again well at the bottom.
Then cut four pieces of tape and stick the ends of each one to the other end to form a double sided tape. Stick one side on the paper that is on the cross….
….then stick the other paper shape on top.
Here you have a kite!
Use your imagination to decorate the kite outer side. Since Maya loves watching me draw I used a colour pen and just messed around to draw some decorations.
You don’t have to make the perfect kite, in fact it will be far from perfect! Remember that this activity is to inspire young minds rather than create the next big thing. You can use fabric instead of colour paper and stitch it around the sticks. It will work just as fine and might last even longer.