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What you will need:

– a lightweight piece of paper
– 2 sticks
– scissors
– eco-friendly packing tape
– roll of twine

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Step 1: Design the Kite

Use your scissors to cut your kite into your desired shape. Let your child use the paper scraps to make the kite’s tail pieces.

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Step 2: Build the Kite Body

Place the sticks diagonally on the paper, crossing each other in the middle. Then cut of any excess length of the sticks.

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Step 3: Add the Twine

Tie the sticks together in the middle with a small piece of twine. Then, using two separate pieces of twine, tie each stick at the end, meeting in the middle with a knot. Cut another piece of twine long enough for the tail of your kite and set it aside. Then, tie the end of the twine ball to the middle of the knot on the kite – leaving it attached to the twine ball.

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Step 4: Tape it Together

Using your eco-friendly packing tape, secure each of the four ends of the sticks to the recycled paper body of your kite at the corners.

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Step 5: Add the Tail

Give your child the piece of twine that you set aside earlier for the tail and ask them to tape the tail pieces to it. Then, tape one end of the tail to the bottom of the kite.

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Step 6: Go Fly Your Kite

Head outside and hope for a little wind. My son enjoyed running back and forth trying to get our DIY recycled paper kite to take flight and we were both a little surprised when it actually did. Good luck and happy flying!