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Kites from Recycled Materials
Kites have a long history that goes back thousands of
years. In that time kites have been made from everything you can
imagine. Bamboo and paper continue to be widely used for making
kites. Certainly Jello wouldn't work, but what about candy
wrappers? Would they fly?
You can make a kite from recycled materials too.
a variety of recycled items, such as:
Sails: paper, plastic,
trash bags, wrappers, foam trays, paper cups,
String: heavy duty button thread,
Spars: bamboo, food skewers, old
blinds, wood sticks, straws
Tails: streamers, ribbon, strips
Do not use: heavy materials
Do not use: stretchy
materials like plastic wrap or cotton fabric
Design your kite:
and build a unique and interesting kite
Eddy kites, Sled kites and all
kinds of flat kites are recommended
The kite should be symmetrical.
Fold the sail in half to make sure
lightweight recycled materials
Use your imagination!
Construct your kite:
goal is to make the kite fly
It should also be creative and
Attach colorful tails to the
bottom at the center
Flying Recycled Kites:
- Your kites can be flown any time of year
- Outdoor flying - weather
- Indoor kite flying - Use a gymnasium and have
students run around the gym (always in one direction!)
- Best flying
- Most artistic
- Best use of materials
- Most innovative use of recycled materials
- Smallest kite (must fly!)
- Largest kite (must fly!)
- Best recycled kite photo
- Create a recycled kite exhibit
Book on Amazon:
Building Free and Recycled Kites
How to make tails from recycled plastic:
(1) Take a plastic grocery bag and lay it flat.
(2) Start with the closed end and roll the bag into a long tight tube.
(3) Use scissors to cut the tube into many rolls. They look like
hot-dogs that are 2" long but still tightly rolled.
(4) Unroll your tails and
use tape to attach the tails together to make long tails for your kite!
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