Let’s Go Fly a Kite

by Deb on October 8, 2010

Kite

Kites are beautiful and fun for all ages.  They have a very long history and were the first means of human flight – the Chinese military were using them around 2600 years ago to lift observers.  They have been used to carry things (and people), in weather experiments, religious rituals, to send signals and carry radio aerials.  They were instrumental in the development of powered flight because they allowed early pioneers to study lift.

Little Girl oval kite

Here I’m just going to talk about the very simplest kites you can make, well within toddler abilities!  It’s so easy:

  • Cut out a shape from paper, the big girl used a traditional kite shape and I made an oval for the little one.
  • Attach a string to one end using sticky tape.
  • Attach a tail to the other end.  This can be all sorts of things – curly ribbon, crepe streamers, cloth, ribbons.  The big girl insisted on 5 curly ribbons 🙂

Big Girl kite

And that’s it!  They don’t have the lift of more elaborate kites but they are great for running around.  The tail helps to stabilise it and keep it pointing into the wind.  The little one was so proud of herself, that she made the kite, decorated it herself and then got to play with it.

Of course I could talk about all the different things you can test here – size, shape, materials, tails – but I think the photos will give you enough ideas.

Kite

They are fun for babies too, especially in windy weather.  Make one using bright colours and tie it up, it’s a beautiful outside mobile.  You can even make miniature ones to attach to prams to entertain little ones outside.  I couldn’t get a photo because it’s moving, but the oval one spun in the wind and was great to watch.

I hope it’s windy near you soon 😀  This post is part of the We Play linkup at Childhood 101.

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Debi October 8, 2010 at 1:01 pm

We love flying kites, but have never tried making our own. Thanks for the inspiration!
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Hear Mum Roar October 8, 2010 at 6:02 pm

Aw, look how much fun they’re having! I once went to the Bondi kite festival. I was invited and thought it’d be boring, but it was quite spectacular.

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Deb October 18, 2010 at 9:32 pm

I love watching those fancy kites, I’d love to learn how to do tricks and things.

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Kelley @ Magnetoboldtoo October 10, 2010 at 5:33 pm

🙂 I need some kite flying… such a wonderful simple past-time. Thanks for the reminder.

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amandab October 12, 2010 at 8:17 pm

With all the wind we get out our way we should do this, although Dadda and Princess did go and take the real kite out the other week (as well as the bike which is a current favourite activity).

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Tricia at Mom is the Only Girl October 13, 2010 at 4:08 am

It’s been windy here lately…why didn’t I think of making kites?! Looks like they had so much fun!

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Christie - Childhood 101 October 18, 2010 at 9:02 pm

We made a paper bag kite recently and Immy loves running around with it. Kite flying is one of those classic childhood memory making experiences, isn’t it?
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Deb October 18, 2010 at 9:33 pm

I was thinking while we did it that we could probably have just tied a shopping bag to some string! But making them was half the fun.

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Garry Edwards@ Jogger Stroller November 9, 2010 at 3:23 pm

These kites are amazing… fun and easy..i can see myself making these with my kids or grandkids. and the kida from the pic look like they are having so much fun. great job

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