A Kite for Small 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 for kids - MBK Tiny Tots DiamondMy non-kiter wife sees success!

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 small gust of 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!

Here Are 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
  • two bamboo BBQ skewers, 30 cm or 12 in. (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

The following nine 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 halfso 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.

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 six 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.

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

The shot of the yellow diamond 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.

Wind Speed Handy Reference

Light Air
1-5 kph
1-3 mph
1-3 knts
Beaufort 1

Light breeze
6–11 kph
4–7 mph
4–6 knts
Beaufort 2

Gentle ...
12–19 kph
8–12 mph
7–10 knts
Beaufort 3

Moderate ...
20–28 kph
13–18 mph
11–16 knts
Beaufort 4

Fresh ...
29–38 kph
19–24 mph
17–21 knts
Beaufort 5

Strong ...
39–49 kph
25–31 mph
22–27 knts
Beaufort 6

High Wind
50-61 kph
32-38 mph
28-33 knts
Beaufort 7

62-74 kph
39-46 mph
34-40 knts
Beaufort 8


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Another Kite for Kids

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 was really no need for all those extra strips of tape, though!

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.

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