How to Make Amazing Kites that Actually Fly

Flying Kites Over Gatwick Park - Ylli Haruni

This outdoor activity is a perfect cross over for today’s theme of “things that fly in our sky”, and tomorrow’s of “the weather”. We are going to make kites that can actually fly! I have 6 ideas for you to choose from – I am going to have a go at the bird kite and the plastic bag kite, which one will you choose? 

Let's Make Kites

Paper Bag Kites

Try these paper bag kites from Somewhat Simple – kids can design and decorate them however they like, before the go and fly them! 


Japanese Fish Kite

“Koinobori” or Japanese fish kites are flown every year in Japan to celebrate ‘Kodomo No Hi” or National Children’s day which takes place on May 5. Click the post from Ria for Kid World Citizen for more info and a tutorial. 

Easy Peasy Paper Kites

This is a super easy paper kite from Food Fun Family – even the littlest of kids could have a go. In the post, the author says that they fly really well too! 

Bird Kites

These simple bird kites from Krokotak are delightful! I really want to try this… 

Recycled Plastic Bag Kite

Here’s another one from Krokotak – and it’s a great way to recycle plastic bags – we all have a bunch of them stashed away, right? 

UPDATE – we made this today, and it was great fun; we are yet to see if it flies as its not windy enough, but I will let you know! 

How to Make a Traditional Kite

The lovely Chelsea at Buggy and Buddy has a great tutorial to make a traditional kite – hop over and take a look – this is a great family project! 

Extra - Music: Let's Go and Fly a Kite

I couldn’t NOT share this little gem when we’re making kites! 

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Katherine is a mixed media artist, art teacher, writer, designer, photographer – and mum of 2 – who works and lives in North Devon, nestled in the woods on a little smallholding. She has a BA in Performance Studies, an MA in Fine Art, and an MFA in photography, alongside a background in early years childhood and special education. Katherine uses her artistic talents, passion for helping people, and unique creativity to create articles, courses and classes that promote creativity, artistic skills, self expression and well-being. She believes in the power of the creative arts and how engaging with them can improve so many aspects of life.
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