Step 1: Materials
1. 8.5"x11" piece of paper.
This is your standard copy paper size. Regular paper works fine, but I like card stock because it's a little sturdier. Use whatever you have. If you use plain white paper, let your kid color bright designs all over it before beginning the project.
2. A wooden skewer. A straight drinking straw works too.
3. Kite string. You can find this at a lot of department stores. If not, almost any strong but light string would work. Quilters' string is about the right thickness. Yarn may be too heavy, sewing thread too light. Fishing line is light but strong.
4. Ribbon. Most wide ribbon would work fine. I like using surveyors tape (available at hardware stores) because it's made of plastic, which is lighter (for a longer tail!) and durable. Surveyors tape comes in bright fluorescent colors that kids like.
5. Scissors or hole punch.
Mark a point on the bottom of the paper about one inch from the open side.
Imagine, or draw, a line connecting these two dots.
Tape along the middle seam.
Use your hole punch or scissors to make a hole in this spot.
Tie your kite string through this hole. Make sure to use a good knot!
If you use light ribbon like surveyors tape, the tail can be 6-10 feet long. Heavier ribbon should be shorter. You can experiment with the length; if it seems the kite can't hold up your ribbon as it flies, just trim it shorter.
These kites don't need very much wind to get lift, and are not the best for VERY windy days. A nice steady breeze is all it needs.
Remember, sometimes it takes practice to learn to fly a kite. Just remember to reel it in some if it looks like it's falling, and let out more string if it starts to tug hard. Make sure that middle "spine" is straight before the kite goes up.