Here are step-by-step instructions to make a very simple kite for kids. It involves no gluing. Just cutting with scissors, sticking with tape and one knot. It's so quick that if any damage occurs, you can have another one ready in minutes!
Kite making for kids doesn't take much...
With no previous experience, my wife made this design in about 35 minutes. And yes, it flew great! She commented that if she made another one, the time taken would be more like 15 minutes.
The photo shows the little Diamond, which May made in light-blue shopping bag plastic, hovering just off the ground in a very light breeze. With every gust of extra wind, the kite would soar up much higher.
This design is so light-pulling, you can forget about the usual Dacron or Nylon flying line if you want to. Polyester sewing thread is quite strong enough!
Are you thinking 'looks OK, but I want to fly something a lot bigger!' Have a look at the e-book up there on the right. It shows you how to make a large light-wind Diamond. Put a tail on if you want to, but it doesn't need one.
Absolutely everything needed to make this child's kite is in the following list:
The following 9 steps are designed for maximum speed, at the expense of some accuracy. However, the human eye is good at lining things up and dividing lengths in 2 - so the end result should fly fine! It looks a lot, scrolling through, but each step is very short and easy. There's nothing hard about making this kite for kids.
You are now ready to fly the kite! Weather permitting, of course. I hope you've enjoyed this experience of making a kite for kids!
The shot below was taken near sunset. See how the kite and its tail are being lit from the right...
If there is no wind, with this kite kids can still have fun. Just
encourage the child to run around towing the kite. It's a good idea to
get the diamond in the air yourself first, with the child holding the
winder. Then the child can just start running.
Do you have bigger kids, or would you like to make a more impressive kite yourself? Why not try the MBK Dowel Diamond kite, and fly it hundreds of feet up in the air.
That's our 2 1/2 year old Aren down there in the video, towing this kite along after being prompted to 'run! run! run!'. He had fun! Any child up to the age of 6 or so should enjoy doing the same. If there is a bit of wind, the kite will fly while the child just stands and hangs on to the winder.
If you had a go, and particularly if you got some good photos, it's easy to share the story here. It will help inspire other families to try this fool-proof little kite!
P.S. Stories of at least 300 words are preferred. This is easily achieved by just remembering a little detail about making the kite(s), where you went, how the kite(s) flew and what everyone experienced on the day.
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