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Sani’s kite

Sani is making a cool kite


Autumn is finally here! Colourful leaves are blowing in the wind and the first kites are already flying high in the sky. Sani has been looking forward to making his own kite for ages. Of course he wants to decorate it with lots of colours. Do you want to learn how to make your own kite too? Sani will show you how!


What you need to make your own:

  • 2 wooden sticks: vertical stick should be approx. 90 cm, horizontal (support) stick approx. 70 cm, both roughly 5 mm thick.
  • Tissue paper*, approx. 100 x 85 cm
  • Adhesive tape and glue
  • Strong string
  • Kite string
  • A metal ring
  • A small saw, scissors, pencil and a ruler

 
*Tip: You can use a large plastic bag or rubbish bag instead of tissue paper. If you want to paint your kite cool colours, look for a special kite material called Tyvek which you’ll find in craft shops.

Let’s go!


Und los geht’s:

Step 1: making the spine of the kite

Make a cross with the two sticks in the typical shape of a kite. Ideally the crossover point should be about 20 cm from one end of the vertical stick. Place the middle of the horizontal stick here. Use the string to tie the sticks together in a tight knot. 

Step 2: tension line

Using the saw, cut a small notch at each end of both sticks. Ask an adult to help you! Stretch the string through the notches and fasten it to the kite spine.

Tip: You can make this joint stronger by using a dab of glue. 

Step 3: tissue paper

Place your stick frame on the tissue paper and cut out a kite shape around it.

Don’t forget to leave a margin of approx. 5 cm around each side! Fold these edges over the string frame and tape down tightly.

Tip: If you want to paint or decorate your kite, do so before sticking down the tape.

Step 4: making holes for the kite bridle

Mark the positions shown in the picture on the tissue paper. Stick down a bit of adhesive tape to make sure the paper doesn’t rip. Then pierce the holes and thread a piece of string through them. 

Step 5: properly threaded

Position the string on the kite so that it forms an angle like the one in the picture. Mark the top of this angle with a pencil. You’ve now got the perfect length for your kite bridle and can tie the ends of the string to the back of the kite frame.

Step 6: perfectly balanced

Thread the ring through where you marked it as shown in the picture.

Test: Hold your kite up by the ring to check if it’s balanced. If it’s not, simply move the ring or adjust the length of the string.

Step 7: making a long, colourful tail

Take a long piece of string and attach colourful tissue paper ribbons to it at roughly 20 cm intervals.

Tip: The stronger the wind is, the longer your kite tail should be.

Step 8: attach your tail to the ring and let’s go!

Finally, attach your tail to the ring and get flying!

Remember to make sure you have plenty of room to fly your kite. Don’t fly your kite near power lines, railway lines, houses or trees. 

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