Lets go fly a kite..

Materials

  • Kitchen Tidy Bag Plastic
  • 25cm Bamboo BBQ Skewers (4 per kite)
  • 5cm of Balloon Stick (plastic tube – see above)
  • 3 meters of Plastic steamer for tail
  • Twisted Nylon ‘Netting repair’ line.
  • Wire Twist
  • Scotch or Masking Tape

Instructions

http://www.ict.griffith.edu.au/anthony/kites/diamond/

The wind has continued again this week in Southern Queensland which means its not so good for surfing but just perfect for kite flying!

Kite Flying is such a therapeutic family activity that is steeped in history. It is generally accepted that kites were first developed approximately 2,800 years ago in China to mark the beginning of spring. Kites were also instrumental in the research and development of the Wright brothers when building the first airplane in the late 1800s. 

Kite festivals are a popular form of entertainment throughout the world. They include large local events, traditional festivals which have been held for hundreds of years. Kite flying is popular in many Asian countries, where it often takes the form of ‘kite fighting‘, in which participants try to snag each other’s kites or cut other kites down.

We used a really great pattern developed by  Anthony Thyssen, of Griffith University in Queensland – he has a keen interest in kite flying and has developed very comprehensive instructions on building the El’Cheapo Diamond Kite – a kite from BBQ skewers and White Kitchen tidy bag, with perhaps a bread bag cut into a long streamer for a tail.

http://www.ict.griffith.edu.au/anthony/kites/diamond/

We were inspired by the shape of the kite and introduced Picassos work to our workshop. The children explored the use of simple geometric shapes to portray the image of a face on the kite.

Colour and lines were added till each kite was a wonderful display of art in the sky

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