Support for PBS Parents provided by:


  • Cat in the Hat
  • Curious George
  • Daniel Tiger
  • Dinosaur Train
  • Nature Cat
  • Odd Squad
  • Ready Jet Go
  • Peg + Cat
  • Splash and Bubbles
  • Sid the Science Kid
  • Super Why!
  • Wild Kratts
  • Thomas & Friends
  • Arthur
  • Bob the Builder
  • Martha Speaks
  • WordGirl
  • Sesame Street
  • The Electric Company
  • Cyberchase
  • Between the Lions
  • Caillou
  • Chuck Vanderchuck
  • Oh Noah
  • Fetch!
  • Fizzy's Lunch Lab
  • Maya & Miguel
  • Mister Rogers
  • Postcards from Buster
  • Clifford
  • SciGirls
  • Wilson & Ditch
  • WordWorld
  • DragonFly TV
  • ZOOM

Fun & Games

Activities & Crafts

Newspaper Kites for Kids

Newspaper Kites for Kids image

My girls have seen some kites flying around during these nice days and have expressed some interest in having a kite of their own. I decided that now was the time to make a kite with them that might actually fly. We've made kites in the past, small ones of computer paper, straws, and ribbon. None big enough to attempt to actually fly—until now.

Materials:

  • newspaper
  • string or ribbon
  • glue
  • straight sticks about 2-3 feet long

Instructions

  1. sticksLook for sticks. We found a jackpot on a fallen tree branch in our neighbor’s yard!
  2. Use your string to tie the sticks into a cross. You’ll want the horizontal stick to be slightly shorter than the vertical stick.
  3. String your string around the ends of the sticks. You may have to cut small notches in the sticks toglue help the string stay in place
  4. Unfold your newspaper and cut a pattern to match the shape of your kite frame. Make it an inch or two larger than your frame, all the way around, so you can fold the edges over.
  5. Spread the newspaper over your stick frame, fold the edges over your string and glue in place. (Our glue bottle got clogged, so my girls had to use Q-tips to spread their glue.)
  6. Tie a long string to the kite where the sticks cross.
  7. Grab the string, run a little, and fly your kite!
  8. Note: I don’t recommend attempting to make your kite outside on a windy day. It was very difficult to work with the newspaper as it always tried to fly away!


What's this?

Sign up for free newsletters.

Connect with Us


PBS Parents Picks

  1. Wild Kratts image

    Wild Kratts App Teaches Young Children How to Care for Animals

    In this app, kids are charge of feeding, washing, and playing with baby animals.


  2. Curious Kids image

    How (And Why) To Encourage Curiosity

    "...when people are curious about something, they learn more, and better."


  3. Gardening Benefits image

    The Benefits of Gardening With Kids

    Don’t let the idea overwhelm you. A few containers and soil in a sunny spot will do.