Brightly colored pencils can embellish a toddler's homemade kite.
A breezy spring day will often bring thoughts of kite flying to the minds of active children. Although a toddler can't successfully fly a kite high in the sky, that shouldn’t prevent him from participating in a kite-making and flying activity. Make a kite for a toddler or preschooler, inviting the youngster to join in the artistic process. The kite can be one that flies in the air or one that decorates a bedroom or playroom.
1Tie the end of the kite string to the base of the Mylar balloon. Let out about 5 feet of kite string and then secure the balloon temporarily by tying the string to a stationary object.
2Cut about 12 6-inch pieces of colored ribbons. Using an assortment of different ribbons will create a colorful kite tail.
3Tie the ribbons to the kite string, placing the first ribbon just under the point where you tied the kite string to the balloon. Ask your child to participate with making the kite tail by choosing which ribbon goes onto the kite string next.
4Continue tying ribbons to the kite string to make the kite tail. Space each ribbon about 3 inches apart on the string.
5Cut off the kite string so it’s an appropriate length for your toddler or preschooler to fly her “kite.” Approximately 8 to 12 feet should be adequate. Tie the end of the string carefully to your child’s wrist and take your child outside to fly the kite. Encourage your child to run while flying the kite so it flies high in the air. The helium in the balloon will make this an easy activity for a small child.
6Draw a diamond-shaped kite on two pieces of brightly colored construction paper. Make the length of the shape at least 12 inches and the width of the shape at least 8 inches. Cut out the diamond shapes with scissors.
7Encourage the child to decorate the paper kite pieces with crayons, paints or markers. If necessary, allow the embellishments to dry.
8Cut a 2-foot length of ribbon for the tail.
9Place the two pieces together with the decorated sides facing out. Align the sides and corners. Position the end of the ribbon at the bottom point of the kite between the two pieces of paper with the ribbon extending out from the kite as the tail. Staple the edges of paper together around each of the four sides, stapling the ribbon between the kite pieces. Leave about 5 inches open to enable the child to stuff the kite.
10Crumple small pieces of tissue paper or paper towels and show the child how to stuff the kite to give it dimension. Keep crumpling and stuffing until the kite looks attractively puffy. Staple the kite closed to keep the stuffing inside.
11Cut a 3-foot length of kite string and tie it to the top corner of the kite -- opposite the tail. Hang the kite from a hook on the ceiling or from a high point in the room so it hangs in the air.
Things You'll Need
- Large Mylar balloon (helium-filled)
- 1 roll kite string
- Brightly colored ribbons (1-inch wide)
- Construction paper
- Crayons, paints or markers
- Tissue paper or paper towels