Decorative Spring Kites

springkites Children can make their own simple little kites with Colorations® that will flutter up behind them as they run and play!

Goals:

  • To have an enjoyable time making a simple kite that children can also use for active play
  • To encourage creativity and build fine motor skills

Before You Start: Gather large pieces of Colorations® Heavyweight Construction Paper, scissors, and tape. Cut enough yarn or heavy string (about 1 yard) for each child, and prepare strips of Colorations® tissue or crepe paper about 1 inch wide and 2 feet long to use as streamers on the kites. Set out Colorations® crayons, markers and colored pencils.

Let's Get Started! Step 1. Give each child their own piece of construction paper and yarn/string. Show the children how to cut out a standard diamond kite shape from the paper. You may want to help younger children trace and cut their kites. (Size can vary as long as kites are approximately 12" from top to bottom and 9" from side to side.)

Step 2. Let the children get creative decorating their kites. Encourage them to use a variety of colors and art materials. You may want to have (or help) the children write their names in a corner.

Step 3. Let the children choose 3-4 streamers each. Show them how they can tape them firmly to the back bottom corner of their kites with tape.

Step 4. Help children punch two holes just to the left and right of the center of the kite. (Holes should be about an inch or so apart.) Show them how to thread the string through the holes and tie in a knot underneath the kite at one end of the string. The rest of the string should dangle below. If you wish, you can reinforce the holes on the kites with a little tape around the edges.

Step 5. Though these kites won't fly like a traditional kite, have the children take their kites outside to watch the streamers blow in the wind as the children run and the kites trail behind them, or as they hold them up in the air and move around.

Furthermore: Prepare a variety of watercolor paints for the children to decorate their kites. Colorations® Liquid Watercolor will work beautifully for this project and clean-up is a breeze! The kites can also be displayed around the classroom or hung from the ceiling to help the children imagine their kites "flying." For kites that will really fly, try using the Build-A-Kite - Kit for 12.

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