Things You'll Need
- Dowel rods
- Construction paper
- String or ribbon
When the season changes and spring brings forth its active winds, kids will be looking for new activities to pass the time. Flying a kite can be an enormous amount of fun for kids, but may prove to be too expensive when it comes to finding a durable and reliable kite. For this reason, consider making your own triangle kite that will cut the cost and still allow you to enjoy flying a kite on a windy day.
Cut and mark your dowel rod. Cut the dowel so that it will fit the proper dimensions of your kite. One piece of the dowel rod will need to be 16 inches long, and marked at its half length. The second dowel will need to be 24 inches long and marked at a third of its length. Use a sharp pair of scissors to ensure that the rod is cut properly. After cutting and marking your dowels correctly, place them so that they create a cross, meeting at the marked points.
Secure your rods. Use a heavy, durable string to secure the two rods where they meet. Wrap several layers around the meeting point to ensure that the center point is sturdy and will not fall apart.
Cut small notches into the end portion of each rod. The notches will be used to hold the kite in shape and give it its triangular shape. Secure some string at the top of the rod and continue to wrap it through each notch and around the frame of the kite. Tie the string together and make sure it is fastened in a tight knot.
Use construction paper to create the paper frame of the kite. Cut the paper into the same shape as the rod. Reserve approximately 1/2 inch of space that will remain around each section of string. Use glue or paste along the outer edges of the paper. Fold the paper over so the strings are covered and the seams of the paper are secured.
Prepare the kite strings for flying. Tie additional string to each rod's end. Make sure that the amount of string used for each rod is longer than the rod itself. Identify where the strings overlap one another and tie them together.
Randi McCreary has been writing professionally since 2005. Her work has been featured in "Black Praxis" Second Edition, the NoMoreSilentCries anthology, "Present Magazine," "Riseup Magazine," and "Essence." She is the author of "Sweet.Water.Horizion" and is a tenth year educator with a B.A. in English from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a master's in education from Avila University.