Crazy Kites

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Spring is a great time to build kites. Let's use the power of the wind and build a crazy kites!

What You Need

Collect the following materials.

  • 1 sheet of 8 1/2” x 11”
  • copier paper
  • 3 feet of paper streamer
  • Scissors
  • 4 straws
  • Tape
  • String
  • Ruler

What You Do

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  1. Fold the paper in half.
  2. On each side of the paper, draw two dots: one 3 inches in from the fold (Point A) and the second 1 inch in from the fold (Point B). Draw a line between Points A and B.
  3. Fold the paper on these lines to make the wings.
  4. Put tape over the center line. Tape on the wooden skewer and tail.
  5. Flip the kite so it rests on its top. Fold the flap back and forth a couple of times until it stands straight up from the wings.
  6. Punch a hole in the flap three inches from the smallest end of the flap.
  7. Tie one end of the string to the hole. You’re ready to fly!
  8. Fly your kite. Here are some tips for flying your kite:
  9. Your body can block the air that the kite needs to fly properly. Keep the kite away from your body by holding it with your arm straight out to the side.
  10. Hold the string lightly where it attaches to the kite. Let it out gradually when the kite tugs as it begins to fly.

 

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Hints for flying your kite:

  1. Your body can block the air that the kite needs to fly properly. Keep the kite away from your body by holding it with your arm straight out to the side.
  2. Hold the string lightly where it attaches to the kite. Let it out gradually when the kite tugs as it begins to fly.
  3. Try walking at different speeds. Just be sure the runway is clear.


Think about it:

  • What is important to have when building a kite?
  • Can you make your kite too light? Too heavy?
  • What helped your kite to fly?
     

Resources

This activity can was taken from http://pbskids.org/fetch/parentsteachers/activities/act/act-goflyakite.html

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