We ran across this paper plate kite project while Smootch and I were reading an issue of Ladybug magazine. The story's premise was that the great big store bought kite wouldn't fly, hugely disappointing the wee girl, but this humble paper plate was a fantabulous flyer that saved the day. Handmade beats store-bought. My kind of story. And great little project too: the paper plate is thick enough for water colours and we love anything to do with ribbons.
The downside was having to go buy some kite string, and then finding the only thing in the whole store was these monsterous plastic doohickeys with no way of stopping your string from unwinding without strong arming the winding mechanism. Not good for preschoolers. Still, we bought. Silly us.
And then we waited, and waited, and waited until a windy day finally came (accompanied by a tornado, but that's another story), took the kite out to the top of the green space hill and -
Pphhutttt. Nothing. No fly, no soar. No this-simple-homemade-kite-kicks-plastic-store-kite's-be-streamered-butt. Just... nothing.
But we had lots of fun with the water colours :D
I'm on the prowl for proper instructions for homemade kites. Anyone have a success with one?