These were the easiest, most basic kites you could probably ever make. And if you're a little crafty like me (or maybe even if not), you'll likely have all the supplies on hand. All you need is:
- large paper or even a grocery bag
- wooden dowels or skewers
- crayons to decorate
To make them, simply cut out a kite shape from paper. Tape dowels or skewers along the edges and across the middle as shown.
Truthfully, you probably don't even need the outer edges ones, but I found it helped to hold the kite better together. Tie and/or tape (I suggest doing both) yarn across the kite lengthwise. Finally, tie another long piece of yarn to the one you just tied. And voila, you have a kite...
I let the boys decorate their kites (which lasted all of about 2 seconds).
And then we took them outside to fly.
We quickly realized there really wasn't enough wind, though, for our kites. Luckily, Mt. Trashmore (VB's lovely man-made mountain) is only a few minutes away, so we packed ourselves up and headed there instead.
You may not be able to tell, but we were more successful there (despite the fact that I lost my keys on top of the mountain and then we spent a half hour tracking them down...). As easy and low-budget as our kites were, they certainly held up well enough to entertain these boys and give us a good morning!