Invent Your Own Indoor Kite

We are going on over 20 days of consecutive hundred-degree temperatures. It is too hot to be oustide for any length of time, so we are looking for as many indoor activities as possible. This activity is another one from the Spark Lab website. We had a great time making and flying our own kites!

Here’s what you’ll need:  a piece of paper (construction paper or copy paper), crayons, markers, stickers, a straw, streamers or newspaper, and tape.

1. Let your child decorate the paper using crayon, markers, or glue.
2. Fold the paper in half and then fold one corner back at an angle to make a wing.

*If you can’t tell how to fold it by the photographs, go here for a diagram.

3. Fold the other corner back along with the first and then tape the wings together.
4. Tape a straw (cut to length) on the wings.
5. Tape streamers or pieces of newspaper to the bottom.
6. Manipulate the flap back and forth until it stands straight up. Use a hole punch to punch a hole about 1/3 of the way down on the flap.
7. Attach a string.
Let your child fly his/her new kite!


  1. Oh my! My three year old recently saw “Mary Poppins” when staying at her grandparents’ house. She’s been running around singing “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” for days. Perfect project for us!

  2. Saw this great idea late last night, starred it in my google reader so I’d be sure to come back to it, and then decided to help my kids (3 & 2) make their kites this morning! What a quick, easy project – thanks for sharing such fun ideas, I really love your site and have used many of your ideas with my children with much success!

  3. Thanks. I will probably be doing this with my girls today. I live in Arizona, and we are going on 2 months of 100+ weather (and I’m pregnant). I just do NOT want to be outside. Thankfully, my husband takes them out back when he is home. I feel like a bad mom, but i just can’t handle it. So, in the meanwhile, I’ve been coming up with indoor activities. This is a good one!

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