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Kite Building
Type: Crafts   Skills: Critical ThinkingPlay & CreativitySocial & Emotional Skills
The best thing a father can do is give a child his time. The more time dads spend with their children, the more they get to be an integral part of their children’s growth and development. In this activity, learn how to have fun building a kite together with your child. Kite Building
What We Learn
Supply List
Wooden dowels, thin sticks or very long plastic straws
Newspaper, brown paper bags, or tissue paper
String (100 feet) or yarn
Clear tape
Scroll saw or utility knife
Find two pieces of wood, bamboo or connect straws to serve as the frame for your kite. Establish a size for your kite (the standard size would be 16 inches horizontally and 24 inchers vertically).

Make a cross with the two pieces of wood, with the shorter piece placed horizontally across the vertical stick, make sure that the sides of the horizontal piece are equal to each other from the center of the vertical piece.

Tie the two pieces of material together with a piece of string or yarn. Make sure that when they are tied that they stay crossed.

The adult should saw or cut a notch at each end of both sticks using a scroll saw with fine tooth blade or using a utility knife. Saw or cut to make a grove for the type of string or yarn you are using to fit in to.

Cut a piece of string or yarn long enough to stretch all around the kite frame make sure you estimate closely before cutting.

Place the string in the notch that has been cut in the ends of the wood, then stretch the string or yarn tightly around the ends of the wood but be careful not to bend the sticks. Remember to tie a knot with a loop at the end of the kite for the tail to be attached.

Lay the paper material flat and place the stick frame face down on top. Cut around it, leaving about 1-2 inches of space outside of the frame. This edge can be folded over the string.

Tape down the edges over the string frame making sure that the material secure and tight.

Tie a piece of string vertically or horizontally (whatever works best for your kite) on each end of the wood piece making sure to tie a loop in the middle of the string to allow for the string to be tied to the reel of string.

Make a tail by tying a small ribbon roughly every 3 to 4 inches along the length of string that is about 4 feet long. Tie the tail to the loop at the bottom of the kite that was left in step 7.

Take the kite on a small test run and see if it will fly. If not problem solve and adapt your kite as needed.

Paint or decorate your kite in a unique design so you can identify it from the ground.

This kite-building project promotes cooperation between father and child. When a dad takes time to work with a child on a project the benefits are tremendous. It also helps the child feel valued and important because their father is giving their time to their child. Any activity that will engage a dad and a child in a project where time can be given to the child over an extended period of time is invaluable. Projects like building a bird house, doing a puzzle together, or planting a garden are all opportunities to strengthen the connection between the child and the father.
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