Build a kite

Build your own kite

Is it windy out?  Take the opportunity to build a kite to play with in the wind. Here are some simple step-by-step instructions to help you build your own kite. Don’t forget to decorate it in bright colours or even stripes!

What you’ll need:

  1. Strong string or fishing line for a kite string and a tail (about 50 meters)
  2. Thick paper or thin plastic (102 cm x 102 cm)
  3. Two straight sticks, e.g. plant sticks or dowels (90 cm and 102 cm)
  4. Tape and/or glue for attaching
  5. Markers, paint, crayons or stickers to decorate your kite with
  6. Bits of cloth to attach to the tail (light fabric)
  7. A piece of smooth wood or a stick to wrap the kite string around and use as a handle

What to do:

Step 1
Tie the sticks together in a cross with a piece of string. Make sure that the knot is sturdy, and use a bit of glue to strengthen it.

Step 2
Lay your cross on the paper or plastic and cut a diamond shape around it.

Step 3
Tape the diamond onto the stick cross.

Step 4
Make a tail by tying bits of cloth to a string. The tail “steers” the kite through the air and is an important part of the kite. It shouldn’t be too heavy, but should still be able to catch a lot of wind. A two-meter-long tail should be enough. Attach the tail at the bottom point of the kite with tape or string.

Step 5
Cut a piece of string about 122 cm long and tie it to each end of the longest sticks in the cross. In the middle of the cross, where the sticks intersect, tie a loop in the string and attach it to a long fishing line or sturdy string (your kite string). Wrap the string around your stick handle.

Step 6
Decorate your kite the way you want it!

All that’s left is to run out and let your kite fly! Start by running against the wind with the kite in your hands. Hold on to the long kite string and throw the kite up in the air. If it doesn’t fly on the first try, keep trying! We hope it will soar to great heights!

Outerwear for windy days

If it’s still a bit chilly in the air, it might be nice to have a shell jacket to protect against the wind and a thick sweater underneath. If the weather’s mild enough, try a wind fleece for optimal mobility and comfort.

Remember the wind-chill factor! On really windy days, it can be nice to have a hat and gloves even in late spring.