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Summer is almost here and this kite craft makes a great activity while the kids are out of school. You probably have everything on hand that you need to make these as well. That is my kind of summer activity! So read on to learn how to make a kite with a paper plate.
Supplies needed for this kite craft:
- Paper plates
- Hole punch
- Kite string
- Yarn or other string
- Scrap fabric
- Craft sticks
Start by tracing anything round in the center of your paper plate and cutting out a hole with scissors. Older children can definitely do this step themselves but younger ones might need a bit of help.
Get out your hole punch and add some holes to the plate. You can see the approximate position below.
Now you can let the kids loose with the markers. Let them decorate their kites in anyway that they want. Decorate one or both sides….this part is completely up to their imagination. After they are happy with their kite craft, add a long piece of yarn to the punched hole that is close to the outer edge. Tie on pieces of scrap fabric to make a fun kite tail. Any extra yarn and fabric will work for this part of the kite.
Next you need to make it a kite! Add some kite string through the two remaining holes as shown below and tie.
Unwind a long piece of string and cut. Then wrap around a craft stick. This will keep your string neat and give the kids something to hold onto when flying the kite. NOTE: Tie the very end of your kite string to the craft stick to prevent the kite from blowing away in heavy winds.
Head out and give your new kite a test drive! This kite craft is fun for kids of all ages.
Some tips and tricks for flying your kite:
- Make sure you try to fly your kite on a windy day. Don’t want to wait? You can try running around and see if you can get the kite off the ground a bit but don’t expect to really get it in the air without the wind.
- Stand with your back to the wind and hold the craft stick. Allow the wind to catch your paper plate kite and begin to lift it.
- Let out on the string as the kite begins to fly. See just how high you can get it!
- Can’t get the kite up? Have a friend help by throwing the kite into the air while you hold the string. Again make sure the wind is to your back.
- Have a contest and see who can get their paper plate kite the highest!
This kite craft is a fun idea for those long summer days. Help the kids get creative by adding activities like these to your must make list this summer.
Need more ideas to keep them busy this summer? Try the links below!
- Paper Bag Kite
- Summer Twig Ornaments
- Patriotic Windsock
- Kids Journal
- more kids activities to keep them busy!