Kite project for group
by Amy Ehm
(Littleton, CO, USA)
I lead a 4-H group and we wanted to do a kite project for our spring project. Can you recommend a kite that would take us about 2 hours to complete? I will have about 20 kids ranging from K-5th grade.
I would like to spread the project over four 1 hour meetings and then plan to fly the kites for the last meeting.
I appreciate any recommendations,
The Tiny Tots Diamond or the Simple Diamond should fit the bill. Both of these designs would take somewhat less than 2 hours to construct. However, the remaining time is easily used up by decorating the sail (and perhaps the tail) with colored permanent markers.
The Tiny Tots Diamond may be flown on polyester sewing thread, while the Simple Diamond would fly fine on Acrylic knitting yarn from a supermarket. Cheap flying line in both cases! Some-one has to make up the flying lines too. I would suggest at least 10 meters (35 feet) of line for each child, wound onto a simple square winder cut from heavy cardboard, such as the flaps from a cardboard box. About the size of an adult hand.
The bigger Simple Diamond is perhaps more fun, but the smallest kids would need supervision since it pulls harder than the very small Tiny Tots design. Dowel costs more than bamboo skewers, as well!
Your choice, both designs are easy to make and very reliable in the air. However, try to avoid flying them in very windy weather. The less the better really - the kids can always run and tow the kites up if the air is very calm.
Hope your project goes well!