Home Made Kite Tutorial & Book Review

"Let's go fly a kite, up to the highest height! Let's go fly a kite and send it soaring Up through the atmosphere, Up where the air is clear, Let's all go fly a kite!"

Mary Poppins

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There is something magical about a kite don't you think? Beautiful bright colours soaring against the bright blue of the sky and attached to your fingers only by a string. It feels like you could lift right off into the sky with it.

Today's blog post is all about the magic of kites. We have been sent a book about kites from Quarto books and it inspired a sunny afternoon up on a hill with our own homemade kites and honestly, I can't tell you when I last had that much fun.

Kites the book is written by Simon Mole and illustrated by Oamul Lu. Simon is a poet and theatre-maker with many years of experience creating work for young people. His first theatre piece for children, Friends For All, was commissioned by the V&A in 2016 and has since toured around England. 'Kites' is his first picture book.

'Kites' is a tale of moving to pastures new, finding friends and looking inside to find the answers that you need. With its beautiful illustrations and fantastic descriptive narrative, you will be transported on an adventure towards the skies.

I could read this book time and time again. There is something very peaceful about the colour of the illustrations and the poetic lilt of the words. This book is the perfect bedtime story. A feel-good tale to get those creative juices flowing. Many a time after we tucked the kids in we would discuss what kites would be the most fabulous to fly and they were left drifting into sleep with visions of floating rainbows and summer skies.

After reading this book, we simply had to get creating our own kites. Just like in the book it was a lot of trial and error to get our kites to soar but the children squealed with pure glee the moment we managed to get the kites floating among the clouds!

This kite tutorial is a super simple and quick craft. It only takes 5 minutes to make and they can decorate them to personalise them after. I would suggest using pens to decorate as sticking things on may make the kite heavier.

How to make your own kite:

What you will need:

  • A4 piece of craft paper (scrapbook paper works well)

  • Wooden skewer

  • Tape

  • String

  • Small piece of a cardboard box for a handle (optional)

  • Hole punch

  • Scissors

  • Tissue paper

  • Pens to decorate (optional)

Method:

  1. Fold your paper in half.

  2. Using the photo as a guide fold a diagonal crease on each side.

  3. Turn the kite over and secure with tape.

  4. Break the end off a wooden skewer and secure to the kite with tape.

  5. Cut four streamers out of tissue paper and secure to the back end with tape.

  6. Punch a hole in the underside at the front.

  7. Cut a small rectangle out of an old cardboard box for a handle.

  8. We cut little indents out of the handle to hold the string better.

  9. Tie one end of your string through the hole in your kite.

  10. Tie the other end of your string to your cardboard handle and wrap around the excess string.

  11. You can now embellish your kite with pictures if you choose!

We were certainly nervous as we took our most recent creation up the hill. Just like David in the story, we had had several attempts of flying up that hill and we were desperate for this not to be another failed attempt. We began to unravel our strings, we took slow steps backwards and as we lifted our kites they took flight! We all yelped and danced as we saw our efforts bobbing in the sky. Feeling the tug of the wind and hearing the flap of the streamers like wings we were full of pure joy that we had created something so utterly marvellous.

We hope you enjoy making and flying your own kites. Tag us into your photos on Instagram and Facebook and if you would like to grab a copy of the beautiful book that inspired this adventure then you can find your very own copy here.

As with all of my book reviews they are my true and honest thoughts. I would never share any products with you guys that I didn't truly feel brought happiness to our hearts and the education of our children.

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