20 Kites in 20 mins

These are the complete time tested instructions to get 20 kids making their own kites and flying them in 20 minutes.

by craftbits (shellie wilson)

What you need
20 sheets of brightly colored 8 1/2" x 11" typing paper.
20 8" bamboo BBQ shish-kebab 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.

Instructions
These are Uncle Jonathan’s easiest classroom kites ever.

For over 15 years the Big Wind Kite Factory has been giving kite making classes for the children on the island of Molokai in Hawaii.

These are the complete time tested instructions to get 20 kids making their own kites and flying them in 20 minutes.

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

Fold again along the diagonal line A in Fig.2.

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 stiffens the paper and acts like a spine).

Place BBQ stick from point C to D and tape it down firmly.

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

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).

Punch a hole in the flap at E, about 1/3 down from the top point A.

Tie one end of the string to the hole and wind the other end onto the cardboard string winder.

This Project was contributed by Big Wind Kite Factory.

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