Earlier in the summer Múinteoir Clíona showed everyone how to make a kite.

If you didn't try it then, give it a go now when the sun is shining. Have fun!

The song Let’s go Fly a Kite is a great tune to sing to get you in the mood for making and flying your kite.  

Sing-a-long to the song here.

 Let's go Fly a Kite

With tuppence for paper and strings
You can have your own set of wings
With your feet on the ground
You're a bird in flight
With your fist holding tight
To the string of your kite

Oh, oh, oh
Let's go fly a kite
Up to the highest height
Let's go fly a kite
And send it soaring
Up through the atmosphere
Up where the air is clear
Oh, let's go fly a kite

Let's go fly a kite
Up to the highest height
Let's go fly a kite
And send it soaring
Up through the atmosphere
Up where the air is clear
Oh, let's go fly a kite

When you send it flying up there
All at once you're lighter than air
You can dance on the breeze over houses and trees
With your fist holding tight
To the string of your kite

Oh, oh, oh
Let's go fly a kite
Up to the highest height
Let's go fly a kite
And send it soaring
Up through the atmosphere
Up where the air is clear
Oh, let's go fly a kite

Songwriters – Richard M. Sherman & Robert B. Sherman.  Copyright – Walt Disney

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How to Make a Paper Kite

What you need: 

  • Lightweight drawing paper or newspaper
  • Straight light sticks e.g. wood, bamboo, gardening sticks
  • Thin string or fishing line
  • Scissors
  • Tape & Glue
  • Strip of cloth
  • Ribbons

Method

  1. Cut a large square from your paper. 


     
  2. Turn the square page y so it looks like a diamond to you.   Use one of your sticks (the longest if you have different lengths) as the spine of the kite and place another stick (the spar) horizontally across the first to make a cross.  Make sure that the spine runs exactly through the centre of the spar, so that it's equal widths on both sides.


     
  3. Secure the two sticks together by taping them together where they cross. 


     
  4. Fold over the newspaper around the edges of the kite and wrap string around each corner to secure the paper to the sticks. 


     
  5. Glue down the folds.  


     
  6. Tie a piece of string or cloth to the bottom of the spine and add bows to it if you wish. This string is to help stabilise the kite. 


     
  7. Place a piece of tape on the spine just over the centre point of the kite and one under the centre point. 
     
  8. With a sharp point e.g. a pen or skewer, make two holes in each piece of tape, one on either side of the spine.
     
  9. Thread a piece of string through the top two holes and tie it in a knot leaving a bit of slack.  Repeat with the bottom two holes and you should then have two loops to tie your control string to. 
     
  10. Get your long piece of string that you will use to control the kite and tie the two loops together.  

You are ready to fly!

Warnings – Keep your kite away from trees and powerlines.  Don't fly the kite in the rain as it could tear and turn to mush.   Don’t fly in stormy weather, you don’t want to get hit by lightning!

Kite Puzzle

Answers: 1+C, 2+B, 3+A, 4+E, 5+D