Did you know April is National Kite Flying Month? It makes sense, given the windy weather and who can deny a perfect opportunity to spend some quality time outside with your toddlers? While its easy to run to a store or order a kite online, both prices and effort to do so can hinder a spur of the moment experience. Instead, our Lilladu Exchange staff has provided directions for a DIY Paper Bag Kite for Toddlers, using materials you have right in your own home!
What You Will Need:
- Brown bag (sandwich bags work perfect; shopping bags work also)
- Markers or crayons
- Ribbon or yarn
- Whole puncher or scissors
- Popcicle sticks or a pen
- Streamers (if you have any)
Amount of Time for Activity:
- 30 minutes
How to make your Paper Bag Kite:
Take your bag and lay it down flat on a surface you can draw on. Now its time to decorate! Decorate your kite however you would like; use crayons, markers, and even stickers! Also, be sure to decorate all four sides as the bag will be fully open when it is a kite.
When done decorating, open up your bag and flip it upside down so that the flat bottom rectangle of the bag is in the air. What you will want to do next is to make a hole in the middle of that rectangle-shaped bottom of the bag using your hole punch or scissors. To do this, reach your hand into the bag and point your finger up so that it tents the rectangle. This will leave a marker for you to punch a centered hole easily.
Now, take your ribbon or yarn and cut off a piece as long as you would like; this will be your string to hold on to when flying your kite. With one end, fish the ribbon up the opening of the bag and through the hole you punched. On the other end of the ribbon, tie it to an anchor of sorts such as a Popsicle stick or even a pen. This horizontal tool will lay flat against the bottom of the bag once the ribbon is pulled as much as possible through the hole. For extra precautions, take some tape and secure the Popsicle stick to the bottom of the bag and around the hole so that it doesn’t tear.
With any leftover ribbon, yarn or even streamers, feel free to attach to the top of the bag’s opening for extra flair.
That’s it! Your kite is complete! Take outside and enjoy hours of entertainment with your toddlers!
Need ideas for fun family activities in the spring? Check out our blog on how to teach toddlers about gardening.