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Let’s Go Fly a Kite

Let's Go Fly a Kite

(For 1st and 2nd graders, with 1 parent/guardian per child)

Number of Attendees:

12 kids and 12 adults


About 30 minutes to make the kites. Afterwards, we went outside to fly them. 


  • Manila envelopes 10x13
  • Tissue paper cut in squares
  • Kite string
  • Duct tape
  • ¼-inch thick wood dowels cut to desired size
  • Hole punch
  • Scissors
  • Craft "Popsicle" sticks to wrap the string around 


I only needed to purchase the dowels and kite string. $11 


I found this project on Anthropologie’s blog. http://blog.anthropologie.com/114683896829/

However, I made some modifications.

How to Make It (with modifications):

  1. Cut the right and bottom sides of the envelope.
  2. Fold in half.
  3. As shown in the photo, use a ruler to draw a diagonal line, then cut away the excess. Open up for the kite's body.
  4. Place your dowels in a cross shape and use string to fasten and knot together at the center of the cross. Cut off the excess string.
  5. Punch holes at all four corners and insert the ends of the dowels into the holes. Use duck tape to keep the dowels secured.
  6. Add a tail!  I used ribbon.
  7. Decorate with tissue paper.

From the Program:

Submitted by:

Danielle Cesena
Children’s Librarian, Glen Rock Public Library

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