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Go Fly a Kite!

By Laurie Carlson

The arrival of spring means the beginning of many days outdoors celebrating nature's wonders. Kite flying has long been among children's favorite outdoor activities for windy days. The following activity from EcoArt! Earth-Friendly Art & Craft Experiences for 3-to 9-Year Olds offers instruction for building a Paper Bag Kite that is not only fun to fly but made with earth-friendly resources that you'll find in your own home.

As Laurie Carlson, author of EcoArt! explains, the idea of combining ecology and art revolves around "respect for nature and a love of nature, good recycling efforts and reusing everything you possibly can. As you look to nature for inspiration, you will be strengthening your commitment to do your part to save the earth. As you create treasures out of trash, you will open your eyes to all sorts of possibilities for using things that would otherwise end up in our landfills. There really is an art to safeguarding our ecology - in more ways than one!"

Paper Bag Kite

Materials:

  • Large Paper Grocery Bag
  • Tape, String, Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Hole Punch (Optional)

The best thing about this kite is that you probably have all of the materials you need in your house right now. You also don't need to obtain any sticks.

Cut the bottom out of the bag. Lay the bag flat on the table top. Pencil a dot about 1/3 down from the top center of the bag. Draw wings from the corners to that dot. Cut away the top and bottom triangle areas, cutting along the dotted lines as shown.

Turn the bag over, and fold the wings to the front. Tape them to the bag. Put a piece of tape at the tip of each wing to strengthen it; then, punch a hole through it.

Kite Diagram

Cut out a triangle-shaped vent near the bottom of the bag. A tail made from pieces of tissue tied on a string can be tied to the vent.

Be sure to decorate your kite before flying. Short streamers can be cut from tissue paper and glued or stapled in place.

This activity was reprinted with permission from Williamson Publishing, Co., © 1993


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