kites with kids: a simple how-to

We had our Valentine’s Day banner up embarrassingly late this year. But the Kindergarten teacher in me did not want to take it down leaving a blank wall. So, it remained in place, until this week, when Andrew and I assembled some kites to take over our seasonal decorations.

Here’s how we did it!

Starting with a 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 sheet of white paper, I marked it at 3 inches down from the top on both of the longer sides.

I marked it at the halfway point on both of the shorter sides (the top and bottom). These marks will guide my diagonal cuts to create the kite shape.

I cut off the shorter diagonals.

and the longer diagonals. This gave me my kite shape.

I did this with white paper and colored paper and with the colored kites, I cut each of those into quarters.

Then I found a volunteer to punch out shapes from the colored triangles.

I saved the shapes that were cut out and the triangles he cut the shapes from.

When assembling the kites, I glued the colored triangles onto one side of the kite and the shapes onto the other side, as shown.

And…in the spirit of multi-sensory education, we made kite cookies too.

Now for some real kites…hmm….


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About robyn

I stopped teaching Kindergarten in 2005 to become the mom of two crazy boys here in Brooklyn. At first I thought being a stay at home mom meant that I needed to pour all my time and energy directly into my sons, but I realized somewhere along the way that being a rockstar mom meant not only taking good care of my boys, but also taking good care of myself. And taking good care of myself means pursuing something creative...just about everyday. I started Made In Brooklyn to motivate myself in my creative goals as well as share my work with others and perhaps inspire them in their own creative journeys.
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9 Responses to kites with kids: a simple how-to

  1. Firefly says:

    We LOVE tutorials!!! ;)

  2. Shannon says:

    Are you going to homeschool? You are made for it!

  3. Robyn says:

    Actually Shannon, Dave stood in line for over an hour today to get Andrew into preschool for next year. So, no. I’m a little sad about it. But I think there are lots of reasons why I should not homeschool. Hard decision, though.

  4. Seeking La Loba says:

    So I take it you got a spot. Andrew will begin his grand preschool adventure in the fall?

  5. Robyn says:

    Looks like we have a spot. Dave was number 19 in line. And there are 23 spots. So, all signs point to yes, but we get a definite thumbs up in May.

  6. Tara Whalen says:

    So do the cookie kites make kids fly with sugar highs? =)

  7. Anonymous says:

    Robyn, you just amaze me every single day. I love this. Maybe I can get the boys to make some kites too. You are just so dang creative.

    -Steph

  8. Jennifer I. Walker says:

    and even if you don’t home school, you can still do these amazing, cool things with your kids

  9. Shannon says:

    I agree with Jennifer…even though you aren’t homeschooling you can still do these things. I was just curious. Your so creative. My crafts are so much simpler than this!

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