Spring is a great time to fly kites. I found a fun and easy kite making pattern* that is perfect for kids (today kids 2 to 9 used these kites!). They decorated their papers first before following these instructions to “assemble” their kites:
Easy Kite Making Instructions for Young Kids
Step 1: Gather materials (one piece of paper, a ruler, a pencil, some yarn or string, a stapler, and a hole punch)
Step 2: Fold paper in half
Step 3: Along the folded side of your paper, measure and mark off at 2 1/2 inches (point A) and at 3 1/2 inches (point B)
Step 4: Take two corners of your paper and staple them together at point A.
Step 5: Punch a hole at point B
Step 6: Tie a long piece of yarn through the hole you’ve just punched.
Step 7: Fly your kite on a windy day.
Step 8: Expect lots and lots of laughs, “Wows!” and running around.
These simple kites were so easy to make, and even easier to fly. I’ve never had a kite take to flight so easily or stay up for so long. Even the 2 year old could do it!
*Note: someone asked where I found this kite pattern. I actually stumbled upon it offline (back in the days when I had preschoolers and swapped ideas with other parents in the community). I know this isn’t an original idea, but we sure had fun making it and wanted to share! Enjoy!
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Sorry about the confusion on the pictures! This post was written 7 years ago, so the kids in the pics are now tweens…or else I would re-do the project with better photos. :) I agree that they don’t fly like a normal kite, but the kids loved how they caught the wind and stayed up without too much effort. It was a perfect kite for the preschool aged kids!
Made these this weekend with several kids. The Picture of the folded paper with the marks on it threw me for a few minutes because it LOOKS like it is a whole sheet not a folded sheet. Once I figured out that you need to put the marks on the folded edge of the paper the rest was easy. Kids had a ball BUT these do not fly like a regular kite. They are more like a really cool paper airplane that you can run around and fly instead of throw.
Totally worth making and I plan to do these again.
Elmer Cruz says
Sounds wonderful, I always wanted to fly kites, but I never had one! Thanks!
jenn huey says
What a great project to do with your kids this summer, It is so simple and I don’t know if you just took the photos at the right time or if they really do stay up in the air like that.. I am amazed how something that simple and cheap can do that, when people spend quite a bit on a good kite
kaci cullars says
awesome i tried it
I saw this and thought, how much fun would it be if I could design faries instead of birds. my girls would love it!!!! But. I am not very talented, and making seems so much more work than your post. Any thoughts or suggestions?
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I know exactly what you mean! My friend and I were just as enthralled by the kites as our kids. It’s shocking that something so simple can work so well!
Thank you! We made these last weekend and I think I had more fun than my son :). Don’t worry, he had a blast too! It was perfect!
We made these after I read this post. They were a huge hit here as well. Then we made paper airplanes too. Also a huge hit. Who knew how entertaining paper was??
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That looks like a great craft! I will have to save it away for when my daughter is old enough!!
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That’s what I was hoping for. My only problem was waiting too long to take the pictures for this post (it was dark). :)
Isn’t it great to be warming up? Ejoy your time off track with the kids!
My word that looks easy. I’ll have to try that with my 4 year old. :)
How cute and fun. Great idea. It is warming up here a little and my kids are off track so we are looking for these kinds of fun ideas. Thanks!
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Michelle @ One Crafty Mama says
What a perfect day. :)
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What a terrific project!!
Your pictures to help with the instructions are excellent too. So often these crafts don’t have visual help included (or the visuals suck) and it really helps out.
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Very Cute! Love it, love it!
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Oh, that’s awesome! I’ve bookmarked it for this summer.
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The great thing is that they are so cheap and easy that it’s ok if they get demolished! And if they can survive an hour with twin 2 year olds, I think they are sturdy enough for most kids. :)
Those are too cool! I’ll make them and I can almost guarantee they will be demolished within minutes by my boys :)
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We have made several additional kites. Twizzler loved them, too.
And, yes, I did use the SEO tips! :)
Seriously, Evie will love it! Be sure to take pictures! :)
You’re welcome! I have never found such easy and successful kites (even the ones we’ve bought at stores). Plus, if these kites get broken or caught in a tree, just grab another piece of paper and make a new one in 2 minutes!
Those really work great!!! So cute!
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amy prikazsky says
Very cool! Those pictures are precious! Have a great Wed!
This was super fun today! Thanks for getting the idea! (And I hope you used your SEO tips learned at Boot Camp for this one…I think it’ll be a big one for you.)
Butterfly just woke up this morning and is dying to go out and fly it now at 7am.
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Cecily R says
Kite making is now on the list of things to do…and Evie will be in HEAVEN.
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Oh how much fun is that? Now that the wind has kicked up I’ll have to try that!
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Katie @ Why Bother? says
What a great little kite! I’ll have to try this with Jake.
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through jenny's lens says
thank you, thank you, thank you for this! My daughter is so excited for Spring because it’s perfect for kite flying. I’m going to make these tomorrow. Great photos too!
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