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Make a Kite - Follow these instructions to make a kite like Franklin's!
printable instructions  
  What you'll need:
- one 24-inch wooden dowel or lightweight, straight wooden stick
- one 20-inch wooden dowel or lightweight, straight wooden stick
  (hint: longer sticks can be cut to length with adult supervision)
- large piece of paper (at least 26” X 26”) or a heavy duty trash bag
- tape
- lightweight string, twine, or fishing line
- craft knife (requires adult supervision!)
- ruler
- pencil, pen, or marker
- scissors
- ribbon
 
What you'll do:

Step 1: With the craft knife, carve a notch into both ends of each wooden stick.
step 1 illustration

Step 2: Take the longer wooden stick. Using a ruler, mark off a spot that is 6 inches from the end (or 1/4 of the way into the stick).
step 2 illustration

Step 3: Take the shorter wooden stick. Using a ruler, mark off a spot that is 10 inches from the end (or halfway into the stick).
step 3 illustration

Step 4: Place the shorter stick crosswise over the longer stick, matching up the marks you just made. When the sticks are laying down, all the notches should run parallel to the ground.
step 4 illustration
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