“Let’s go fly a kite, up to the highest height. Let’s go fly a kite, and send it soaring…”
Looking for a fun and easy craft AND activity for your preschooler to do on a windy day? Make a kite! This homemade paper bag kite takes just 3 basic supplies, and it makes for a fun craft, and some great outdoor play on a blustery day!
Remember how thrilling it was to fly a kite when you were a child? Kite-flying was a regular, favourite activity for the kids in our neighbourhood when we were young. We always had kites of our own – real kites – that we would take to the park or an open field on a windy day.
There was nothing quite as lovely getting your kite to catch the breeze, and letting the long, long string out, to see how high you could get your kite to fly. And of course, making your kite dip and dive by controlling the winder handle was so much fun!
The other day, one little hooligan said she wanted to make a kite, so we set about gathering a few household supplies to make one. A paper bag served as our kite, and we used yarn for our kite-string. To make things extra-fun, we added a winding handle to our kite. This made our humble paper bag kite seem much more like a real kite, and it was a lot of fun to use.
Of course, there are much more sophisticated homemade kites that you can make with your kids, but our kite craft today is quick and easy, and perfect for toddlers and preschoolers.
Let me show you all the fun we had making our kite, and trying to fly it.
To make our paper bag kite, you’ll need:
- a paper bag with sturdy handles (paper gift bags are perfect)
- acrylic craft paints & paintbrushes
- a sturdy stick
Decorating your kite:
We used acrylic paints to decorate our kite, but you could also use crayons, markers, stickers etc.
Set your kite in a sunny or breezy spot to let the paint dry. We hung ours from the clothesline in the backyard for a half hour or so, and it dried quickly.
Your kite string:
Here’s how we attached the string to our kite. I cut a 6 inch piece of yarn, and knotted one end around one of the handles of the bag, and the other end around the other handle. This “joined” the two handles. Then, I cut a very long length of yarn (this would be the entire length of our kite-string), and I secured it to the middle of the 6 inch piece of yarn.
The winder handle:
For the winder handle, we needed to find the perfect stick. Fortunately, we always seem to have an abundance of sticks in our yard, so we collected a bunch, and then tested all of them. We needed to make sure our stick had room for the yarn to wrapped around, AND enough room leftover to get two little hands on each end. We also need to make sure our stick was good and strong, and wouldn’t snap easily.
Once we found the perfect stick, I took that long length of kite string that we were talking about earlier, and I tied it to the stick. Then I rolled the stick over and over, winding up all the slack yarn.
When it was all rolled up, it looked something like this:
Is that fab or what?
I’m telling you, this kite winder was such a hit! She loved twisting and rolling the stick to wind the kite in and out. It really added an extra element of fun to our homemade kite, and winding and unwinding the kite string great for strengthening co-ordination and fine-motor skills.
Now, unfortunately, there wasn’t much of a breeze on the day we made our paper bag kite. This was rather ironic, as it’s been windy for weeks here, and even on a calm day, a breeze almost always blows through our yard.
In any case, we sure had fun trying to keep our kite up in the air.
We ran around the yard with the kite, and we took turns throwing it up high in an attempt to catch a bit of wind, but the best success we had was when we took it over to our neighbour’s hill.
Launching our kite from the top of the hill, and running down the hill, we managed to catch enough wind to get our kite air-born for a few brief moments.
We had a lot of fun trying to fly our kite, and we’re looking forward to the next blustery day to see what kind of results we get!
We may just try one of these 10 homemade kite ideas from Artsy Craftsy Mom too!
If you happened to notice the adorable floral headpiece in one of the photos, and you’re wondering how we made it, check out my flowered tiara post. It was really quick and easy to make.
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. In 1997, Jackie stepped out of the corporate world to start a family and to open her own home daycare. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.