We've had some very, very windy weather lately. The other day it was SO windy I felt the need to close all the doors and windows, and said to the girls something along the lines of "what an awful, windy day!". Miss R looked at me with a hopeful face and shining eyes and said with excitement "It's a perfect day for flying a kite!". She ran around the house looking for the paper bag kite she made at pre-school recently that was merely a paper bag tied to a piece of string and decorated with streamers. I didn't have the heart to tell her I'd thrown it in the recycling bin the day before, and I felt just a little bit guilty.
I said to Miss R "I know, lets make a new one!" and I remembered the time when I was a kid that we tied plastic bags to strings and turned them into kites. I remembered how they flew high in the wind off the first floor verandah and how clever my brother and I had felt. I thought "we'll give it a whirl", and this is what happened ...
I have to be honest here. When I was a kid I'd always dreamed of flying a kite, but I never owned a real one. I bought my first real kite when I was nineteen from a hobby shop in Parramatta. It was a dual-stringed "junior kite", and looked colourful and beautiful. I made my boyfriend (now my husband) hold it in the park while I ran and tried to get the damn thing in the air. I have no idea what we did wrong. There was plenty of wind, lots of green grass and space, but the kite never got up there and we spent two hours trying. There's something about not being able to get a junior kite up in the air that makes you feel like a big loser, so the kite went straight in the bin and and we avoided kites for the next fifteen years. Until now, when we made these super-duper easy plastic bag kites.
You will need
• A plastic shopping bag
• A length of string
• A short stick
• Windy weather
Tie the string to the stick and wrap it around, then tie the other end to the plastic bag including both sides of the handles. I totally intended to tie some decorative paper tails and streamers on but Miss R was so excited she didn't want to bother. She wanted to get out there and start flying the kite straight away.
She tried tossing the bag in the air ...
It sort -of worked
Our string was probably a touch too long, the kite never really got above my own head level and the long string got a bit tangled and I kept needing to wind it up for her. Mind you, I'm no expert with kites ...
On a short string, the kite flew really well.
This is about as high as it got (note the huge smile on Miss R's face)
Great fun for a windy day! And seriously, if you have windy weather, school holiday boredom, plastic shopping bags and string in the house, why wouldn't you?
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