May 5, 2014

Go Fly a Kite

The weather in VB was absolutely perfect this weekend. After a long, hard winter, I wanted to spend as much time as possible out in the glorious sunshine.  Which meant we had to come up some fun outdoor activities.  After doing the park (a couple of them at that), the zoo, and even the beach in recent days, I was looking for something a bit different.  So we made kites!
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
  • scissors
  • wooden dowels or skewers
  • tape
  • yarn
  • 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!

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