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Author Topic: Kite that a Girl Scout can make?  (Read 1613 times)
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« on: August 31, 2012, 10:26 PM »

So with my new kite obsession, and my wife being a Girl Scout leader (with a heavy smattering of help from me), I thought it would be fun to have the Girl Scout troop make kites at one of our next meetings.

Does anyone have some plans for a relatively inexpensive kite build that can be made in an hour by kids? The troop consists of 8-10 year olds, so nothing too terribly complicated. We only have about 10 Scouts, so any pre-build stuff could be done before the meeting by my wife and I without too much trouble.

As always, thanks for help and suggestions!
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« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2012, 12:43 AM »

You can google all sorts of solutions, but I like the idea of these kits- many sold in ten-packs for a very reasonabe cost:
http://drachenstore.easystorecreator.net/items/kite-kits/art~math-kite-kits/list.htm




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« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2012, 01:42 AM »

I have googled quite a bit but thought a kiting forum might have some insight on the best. They might also have links to websites that sell 10-packs of kites for a great price that would be perfect for the job. Thanks for the link! It looks like one of those kites will be perfect for the troop. Now to pick one.
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« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2012, 03:22 AM »

Does anyone have some plans for a relatively inexpensive kite build that can be made in an hour by kids?

http://www.kiteplans.org/pln_294/
http://www.kiteplans.org/pln_1605/
http://www.kiteplans.org/pln_435/
or any of the other small sled kites there
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« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2012, 06:42 AM »

These kits are super simple and lets you easily decorate as you build.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001U5R63S?ie=UTF8&force-full-site=1&ref_=aw_bottom_links
Great price and great product.
They are made by a Seattle company, Great Winds. I've built a bunch of these with kids in my wife's classroom.
Everything you need is in the kit.
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« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2012, 06:55 AM »

Take a look here: http://www.gombergkites.com/nkm/index.html

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« Reply #6 on: September 01, 2012, 10:50 AM »

GeezLouise, how did I miss that page Mr. Gomberg? Awesome!
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« Reply #7 on: September 01, 2012, 01:24 PM »



That is a great resource. Thanks David

You can also get kite kits and lots of advice at kitebuilder.com  Smiley
http://www.kitebuilder.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/167_169/products_id/874?osCsid=e2cfed8ada3c9331d0abbcc935d088a5
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« Reply #8 on: September 01, 2012, 11:25 PM »

More advise and kits are also available from our friend Catherine (Kat) Gabrel. Her site is

http://www.kitesinthesky.net

I've personally done sleds and highly recommend them, one I designed was a simple 8.5" x 11" paper kite requiring no sticks, just a bit of tape and a few feet of surveyors tape for a loop tail. They flew great and were so easy the kid was able to teach her class to build them around 2nd or 3rd grade. We also did 50 - 100 during a couple local kite days.

Have fun.

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« Reply #9 on: September 02, 2012, 04:28 AM »

I have put together a bunch of programs for libraries, schools and even the Girl Scouts.
One of my favorites was a kite train. Each kid got to make a few kites and we put them all together and flew as one large train. Afterwords the train was split up and they got to keep their own small train.
Kits are availabe that are easy to make and fly. Kat's site mentioned above carries one of the best. Look for the giant kite train. The cost would be around $10.00 per girl and they would end up with a 5 kite train in the end.

Another kite I have made with the Girl Scouts are miniatures.
Baked fishing line for spars, typing paper for sails, sewing thread for line, tinsel for tails.
Very inexpensive and can be flown indoors and out. The girls really liked these.
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