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Paper Bag Kites

Spring has sprung, so it’s time to head outside while you can.
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There is no better time or place to let our imaginations take flight while enjoying a high flying activity with our kiddos by building paper bag kites!

This project is more challenging than the flight activities I shared last fall. We made kites from paper grocery bags. I found directions in the Cub Scout Wolf Handbook, but I like these instructionsbetter.  I made these with a group of Cub Scouts, which was fun. I just wish the adult to child ratio was more even. I would recommend one adult to one or two boys; more than that and it gets a little crazy. It’s also fun to go wild and decorate them with markers; the brighter the better!

The best part was the test flight.  We had to do some repairs right off the start – it’s like they were made of paper or something!  This was a great time to discuss kite safety. (You know the boring stuff like not flying your kite into power lines.) After some patching and the addition of a tail, we got them in the air and used all the string we had (which wasn’t saying much).  Since we were just in the neighborhood, I didn’t want to lose them in someone’s backyard.

When one of the neighbors saw us out there, they gave us a cool kite they never used.  That one flew much better, but there was something special about getting something we made in the air.

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