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Rainy Day Kite

Rainy Day Kite

My kids love kites.  They desperately want to fly them too, but alas,  when their little hands try to grasp the fine white string, frustration ensues and Dad must take the wheel.  They watch gleefully, but still desperately want to fly that wondrous, flying, paper butterfly.

Toddler Kite Solutions

Something needed to be done.   We needed peace on our windy, kite flying afternoons when daddy was home….

And that was how the “Toothpick Kites” were made.

I needed a way for my Critters to have fun with toddler manageable kites while mommy and daddy could have fun with their kite.

…and it needed to be easy, with stuff I already had on hand…. because I’m cheap.  🙂

 

Here’s what you’ll need:  ….if you don’t already have it, I get most of my craft supplies at the dollar store….. or Amazon.

  1. Construction Paper (your favorite color!)
  2. Tape
  3. Dental Floss
  4. Toothpicks
  5. Scissors
  6. Craft Ribbon
  7. A sewing needle  (optional, but it will make your life easier)

 

 

Step 1:

Place 2 toothpicks in the shape of an “X”  in the corner of paper.  Like so…

 

 

Step 2:

Cut small piece of tape and fasten in firmly in middle of toothpicks.

 

 

Step 3:

Cut paper in the shape of a box, around toothpicks.  Like so…

 

 

Step 4:

Cut points off of toothpicks (so kidlets don’t get hurt)

 

 

Step 5:

Again, the needle is optional, but it’s so much easier with it.   Thread needle with dental floss.

 

 

Step 6:

Poke hole and push dental floss through one side of first toothpick.

 

 

 

Step 7:

Now pull floss back through from back….and tie loose knot in front.

 

Step 8:

Pull about 1 foot of floss (this will be kite string) and cut.

 

 

 

Step 9:

Take extra toothpick (cut ends so it’s not sharp) and wrap the end piece of kite’s string(floss) around…

 

 

Step 10:

Fasten floss end-piece to toothpick with tape.

 

 

Step 11:

Fasten ribbon (with tape) to bottom of kite.

Here’s a 1 minute video on how to make your ribbon curly:  Ribbon Curling Video

 

Voila!!   You have an adorable little toothpick kite!  🙂

 

 

 

Try them with different colors!!  They’re great for little kidlet parties or gift baskets!

 

OR…

if it’s raining…stay inside and fly in front of your favorite Fan .   Simple, but effective…It kept my son content for hours.  Just don’t get it too near the back of the fan or your toothpick kite will quickly disappear forever.  Learned that the hard way. 😉

 

Have fun!!!!!

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2 thoughts on “Rainy Day Kite”

  • I started reading this post thinking “hmm, I bet that would work really well indoors with a fan..” then I got to the end. Cool idea for a rainy day or a Texas scorcher. Even adults would find it addicting!

    • Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed it! They are pretty addicting in front of a fan. 🙂 My Critters have a blast with them!

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