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Tissue Paper Kites

Inspired by actual Chinese kite banners given to us by a friend! These kites can really fly!

Materials:

  • White tissue paper
  • Colored tissue paper
  • Pencil
  • Black marker
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Ink pad
  • Ribbon
  • Tape
  • 1-2 Long wooden/bamboo skewers
  • Knife **ADULTS ONLY**
  • String 
  • Printed or pre-drawn design for tracing (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Trace a kite shape onto the white tissue paper.
  2. Draw or trace a picture very lightly with pencil onto the white tissue paper. Make sure you are tracing lightly so you don’t rip the tissue paper.
  3. Trace over the pencil marking with the black marker. I don’t recommend tracing the original with the marker initially because the ink will bleed through the tissue paper and may ruin the original drawing.
  4. Using a glue stick (not liquid glue!) glue the white tissue paper, design facing out, to the colored tissue paper.
  5. Cut out the kite.
  6. Using an ink pad, push your finger onto the ink pad then use your fingerprints to color your kite. The ink should dry enough to not put holes into your kite.
  7. **An adult should perform this task** Split a skewer in half long-ways very carefully. These pieces will be used as the frame for the kite
  8. Cut the skewers to the length of the kite. Tape the skewers in a “t” across the back of the kite (top to bottom, side to side).
  9. Tape a piece of ribbon for the tail,
  10. Tie string to the center of the wooden T frame. 

Suggested project uses

This project can be used in the following ways:

  • This project is a fun spring project! Tie in with weather discussion (wind) and identify as a spring activity!
  • You can use this project when teaching about the Chinese culture, for example the Chinese New Year.
  • We used this project as a letter K project as part of our ABC workout lessons!
  • This project is great to pair with a story about a kite like Fish in the Airby Kurt Wiese

Discussion suggestions:

Here is a list of things you can talk about while doing this project with your child:

  • Kites make excellent science experiments. Talk with your child about why they think a kite can fly
  • How tissue paper is so thin. You can begin by doing an experiment to show the different densities of paper. Take a scrap piece of printer paper, construction paper, tissue, and any other kinda of paper from around your house. Perform an experiment of putting each piece of paper in a cup or bowl of water and see how each paper reacts. 

Skillset

While working on this project, your child will be practicing the following skills:

  • Fine motor and Eye-Hand Coordination 
  • Imagination and Creation
  • Engineering
  • Culture
  • Science Opportunity!