Make A Kite For Kids

The MBK Tiny Tots Diamond

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...

An ideal kite for kids is this Tiny Tots Diamond.My non-kiter wife sees success!

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!

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.



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Here's The Instructions...

Absolutely everything needed to make this child's kite is in the following list:

  • somewhere flat to work
  • plenty of thin colored plastic, in sheets or bags
  • 2 bamboo BBQ skewers, 30cm or 12 inch (possibly the only thing you might need to buy)
  • clear sticking tape, as used in offices
  • a ruler
  • a black marking pen, for example a felt-tipped laundry marker
  • scissors, big enough to snip the skewers
  • polyester sewing thread

On that last point... The sewing thread works nicely. However, it is somewhat prone to break when the kite snags on a branch or a child tugs at it a little too enthusiastically!

So, try this kite winder which comes with 200 feet of light nylon line. A good choice for the Tiny Tots Diamond.

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.

Steps 1 to 5 for making the MBK Tiny Tots Diamond kite.
Steps 6 to 9 for making the MBK Tiny Tots Diamond kite.

And if the sewing thread in Step 9 proves troublesome due to breakages...

This kite winder comes with 200 feet of light nylon line. Much stronger, but still light enough to suit the little Diamond.



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...

The Tiny Tots Diamond kite in flight.A Tiny Tots Diamond hovers, lit by the setting sun

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.




How Did YOUR Tiny Tots Diamond Kite Go?

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.

Stories From Other Visitors

Click below to see Tiny Tots Diamond Kite stories submitted by other visitors to this page...

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I made 18 of these easy kites for my twins 2nd birthday party, which we held in a park. The kids (& adults) had such a wonderful time. It was a great way …

Our Plastic Bag Kite 
We made your 'kite for kids' today out of a plastic bag. Attached is a photo of my 6 year old flying it. He has never flown a kite before. Great …

Never too young for kids kites! 
Love your newsletter, and love the focus on kids kites - that's really what it's all about, isn't it? I had a mom bring her 3 week old to a library workshop, …

Fantastic Kite Design For Kids 
I highly recommend the MBK Tiny Tots Diamond kite plan. I have almost no kite flying experience, but the instructions are simple and easy to follow. We …

Diamond Kite - Other Happy Builders 
To be honest I had never before last week had ever made a kite by myself. Even when I was a kid I used to find it hard to make one for myself. So when …

Impressive little flyer 
I was just looking on this page this morning to see how to tie knots for a couple of cheap kites I got from the pound shop a few days ago. Then I noticed …

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Two More DIY Designs

Do you have some fairly large indoor space available? Then you must try making paper kites. The MBK Paper Sled requires a sheet of copier paper and not much else! You can take it outside too, as long as the wind is fairly light.

Here's an old page featuring instructions on how to make a kite for kids  that is quite similar to the MBK Tiny Tots design. There's really no need for all those extra strips of tape!

Pop in there and see another pic of our Aren, barely old enough to run, obediently hanging on to the string of his tiny home-made Diamond. We made it for him of course. There was just enough breeze on that day to keep the kite flying.




E-book special of the month...


I've been making and flying traditional-style
Box Kites on-and-off ever since this site was started...

Get the e-book for making a range of bamboo or dowel designs. Down to $7 from the usual $9.95, for this month.

With a large range of wind speeds covered, not to mention a large choice of kite size to attempt, the ideal box kite for you has to be in there somewhere!

My personal favorite would have to be the giant 2.4m (8ft) long Multi-Dowel Box which flies steep and steady. It's on the e-book cover over there...

The e-book is a PDF file - which means printable instructions to refer to while you make the kite. It also means convenient off-line access if that suits you better.



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Wind Speeds


Light air
1-5 km/h
1-3 mph
1-3 knots
Beaufort 1

Light breeze
6–11 km/h
4–7 mph
4–6 knots
Beaufort 2    

Gentle breeze
12–19 km/h
8–12 mph
7–10 knots
Beaufort 3    

Moderate breeze
20–28 km/h
13–18 mph
11–16 knots
Beaufort 4    

Fresh breeze
29–38 km/h
19–24 mph
17–21 knots
Beaufort 5    

Strong breeze
39–49 km/h
25–31 mph
22–27 knots
Beaufort 6

High Wind
50-61 km/h
32-38 mph
28-33 knots
Beaufort 7