This is one of the 48 projects for our Instructables: Made In Your Mind (IMIYM) exhibition at the Children’s Museum of Houston showing from May 26, 2012 - November 4, 2012. Produced in partnership with Instructables, IMIYM is an exhibit where families work together to build different fun, toy-like projects that help construct knowledge and skills related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics while instilling a “do-it-yourself” attitude in kids so they feel empowered to explore, tinker, and try to make things themselves. To learn more, check out the article here.
For this project, we were inspired by the Easy Paper Kite for Kids Instructable created by ReadsInTrees, but there may be others on Instructables that are also similar. Often, the materials and process for building our projects are designed for use with a large number of visitors (we see over 800,000 annually) and the need to ensure safety in a mostly non-facilitated environment. So, yes, many of these projects have room for improvement in both materials and methodology, which is PRECISELY what we want to encourage the kids to do. So please do share your ideas for improvement and modifications!
Step 1: What You Need
- 1 – 8½”x11” paper, any color
- 1 - Straw
- 3 feet - Crepe paper (this may need to be adjusted based on the amount of wind)
- 5 feet – String (you can use more outdoors but after prototyping with my kids indoors, I highly recommend no more than 5 feet indoors)
- Hole Punch
- Masking Tape
Step 2: The Video
Step 3: Folding the Front of the Kite
Step 4: Finishing the Front
Step 5: Tying on the String
Step 6: Adding the Tail
Step 7: How to Fly It
The Indoor Kite is powered by a force is known as lift. Notice how the kite doesn’t fly straight up and down, but rather at an angle. As air flows over the kite at this angle, whether by running or through wind, lift is created. Other shapes of kites (ex. diamond, bow, box, etc.) use their different designs to also generate lift from moving air.