Since we were studying the wind and it was a really nice windy day, I thought why not make a kite! Now I first was thinking the traditional diamond shaped kite with the poles and the string, etc. This didn't seem very practical for us as we didn't have anything to use as support poles and I honestly didn't think we'd be able to do it. So I looked through our awesome art closet & checked out what supplies we do have. I found paper bags, colorful streamers, popsicle sticks and ribbons. I put my thinking cap on and with a little inspiration, came up with these really cute kites.
Paper Bag (think lunch sack)
Ribbon or String
Stickers/Markers (for decorating)
Have kids decorate their paper bag using stickers, crayons, markers, whatever you have on hand. Once they are decorated, punch a small hole in the middle of the bottom of the bag (this will become the top of the kite). Tie your ribbon or string to the middle of the popsicle stick and insert ribbon/string through the hole so that the popsicle stick is on the inside of the bag. Tape the popsicle stick down so it doesn't move around. This helps to stabilize the kit as it flies and helps keep the hole small. Add a few streamers to the opening of the bag and you are ready to go fly a kite! It really is that simple.
As the kids run around holding the ribbon/string, the kite flies behind them. My students had so much fun making this and even more fun running around. They created an obstacle course and would run through it flying their kites, racing each other back to the finish line. They didn't want to leave, they were having so much fun. This was definitely a win for our preschool students.
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