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20 Kids 20 Kites 20 Minutes Material list, Feedback & Pictures Instructions

Material list:

* 20 sheets of brightly colored 8 1/2" x 11" multipurpose printing paper

* 20 Plastic coffee stirrers work quite well or 8" bamboo bar-b-que shishkabab sticks.

* 1 roll of florescent surveyor's flagging plastic tape. Available at any hardware store.

* A plastic bag cut in a 1" wide spiral all around will also make a great tail.

* 1 roll 1/2"wide masking tape or any type of plastic tape..

* 1 roll of string. (At least 200', 6 to 10 feet for each child.)

* 20 pieces of 1"x 3" cardboard on which to wind the string.

* Scissors.

* Hole punch.

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Directions:

* Fold paper in half

* Rotate 90 degrees and fold paper diagonally

* Flip over and tape the spine

* Tape the cross Stick perpendicular to the spine

* Tape the tail to the bottom of the kite

* Flip kite over and fold spine back and forth

* Punch hole in the spine opposite the cross bar

* Tie string through the hole and fly

* Bring scissors to flying field.

* Cut knots and tangles quickly, re-tie and keep em flying.

* If one side of a kite gets crunched, crunch other side

* On windy days a longer tail helps balance the kite.

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Feedback

  • Hi!

    I had 60 students (4 classes, 2nd - 6th graders) successfully make kites
    this week. Lots of fun! Thank you!

    Trish Strat

 

  • Thank you so much for posting the 20 kids, 20 kites, 20m minutes plan -- a
    GREAT kite plan for kids' workshops. I had been using sleds and the Flying
    None, both of which are fine but for younger kids, a kite needs to be shaped
    like a diamond kite for them to really get into it.

    And this is such a great flier!

    I really appreciate your sharing this plan like this. This sort of open,
    friendly, helpful approach to things is what I love about the kiting
    community!

    Good winds and snarl-free lines,

    Jim Martin
    Regional Director, Region 4, AKA
    -- aka reg 4 page
    Member, American Kitefliers Association
    (WWW.AKA.KITE.ORG)
    Member, Wings Across Carolina Kiting and Okra Society (
    WACKOS.ORG)

 

  • Aloha! Just wanted to drop you a note to say we tried your 20 minute
    kite in our Kindergarten this week! Today we flew them -- and it was
    awesome! Our kindergartners thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The kites were
    the perfect size for little hands; not one of them broke, ripped or
    tangled!

    Thanks for the excellent idea/instructions/fun!!! Theresa Shorey
    Tower Hill School
    Wilmington, DE

 

  • I just wanted to thank you for sharing the directions for making those
    awesome kites! Our six Cub Scouts made them last night and even had time
    to run around in the yard with them. They had so much fun and said it
    was the best den meeting yet!

    Warmly,
    Mary

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Picture Instructions:

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Picture Directions:

1. Fold a sheet of 8 1/2" x 11" paper in half to 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"

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2. Fold again along the diagonal line A in Fig.2. This diagonal line can be determined by making a mark at the top 1 inch from the fold and a mark at the bottom 3 in. from the fold and drawing a line between these marks.

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3. Fold back one side forming kite shape in Fig.3 and place tape firmly along fold line AB.(No stick is needed here because the fold stiffins the paper and acts like a spine.)

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4. Place bar-b-que stick from point C to D and tape it down firmly.

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5. Cut off 6 to 10 feet of plastic ribbon and tape it to the bottom of the kite at B.

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6. Flip kite over onto its back and fold the front flap back and forth until it stands straight up.(Otherwise it acts like a rudder and the kite spins around in circles.)

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7.Punch a hole in the flap at E, about 1/3 down from the top point A. This hole can be reinforced with

an additional piece of tape.Tie one end of the string to the hole and wind the other end onto the cardboard string winder.

 

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