What do you do when the power is still out for the second day after a nasty storm? You make a kite!
As this is a DIY toy, make sure you watch your little one when they play with the toy.
- Lightweight card (I used A4)
- Drinking straw (or lightweight lollipop sticks)
- Hole punch (or sharp pencil)
There’s no cutting involved, so I let my little mint do whatever she wanted to decorate it (and it gave me a tea break).
- Fold the card in half
- Next you need to make a diagonal fold on one half of the card, but slightly inset from the corners.
- Make a mark on the top of the card, 3cm/1.25″ in from the folded edge
- Make another mark on the bottom of the card, 3cm/1.25″ in from the edge of the card
- Fold the card to make a diagonal fold starting and ending on the marks.
- Repeat on the other folded half of the card, so they’re mirror images.
- Now you’ll have the kite face with the “spine” at the back.
- On the narrow part of the spine, punch a whole. This will be used later with the twine. You want to leave at least 1.25cm/0.5″ around the hole.
- Sellotape the drinking straw to the front of the kite, at the top, to support the structure.
- Add some ribbon to the base on the kite.
- Add some stickers (or do some doodling if you don’t have any stickers).
- Attach the twine to the kite through the hole created earlier.
- Add a small drinking straw (or stick) to the centre of the twine to make it easier to release the kite when flying it.
- Wait for a windy and dry day to fly your kite.