Kids’ holiday activity of the day: Step by step directions to make a diamond kite. TIP Make the kite as big as you’d like – anything from 30 cm to 2 metres high. The horizontal dowel should be about three-quarters the length of the vertical dowel.
roll of brown paper that’s a colour on one side or newsprint
pencil and ruler
pair of scissors
colour pencil or marker
2 thin straight wooden or bamboo dowels
ball of string
stapler or strong tape
strong glue such as Bostik or a glue gun
ribbons or fabric cutoffs for the tail
empty bobbin or short stick that fits easily in your hand
1 Use the pencil and ruler to draw a rectangle on the brown paper or newsprint. Ours is 45 x 45 cm.
3 Fold the paper in half so it looks like a triangle.
4 Unfold the paper and place one wooden dowel on the fold – this is the vertical dowel or “spine” of the kite. Use the box cutter to trim it so it is fractionally shorter than the paper, to leave some turn over at either end.
5 Place the other dowel across the first one to form a cross so they intersect slightly above the middle of the paper. Cut the ends of the stick so it is slight inside the paper’s outer edges. It’s very important that the two halves of the horizontal dowel are equal on either side of the vertical one.
6 Tie the dowels tightly together at the point of intersection with string. You could also glue them together for extra hold.
7 Fold the four edges of the paper to make a neat hem on all sides. Staple or glue down the edges.
9 Roll the rest of the string around the bobbin or short stick. Tie the end of the string just above and below the point where the two dowels intersect. Use the string to control the kite when you fly it.
Source YOU Play summer 2012/13 Art direction and styling
Art direction and stylingTina-Marié Malherbe
Production Marianne Burke
Illustrations Anton Vermeulen
Picture Peet Mocke