Lunch Bag Kites

Send your preschooler’s drawings soaring! Small motor, science and design skills fly with this simple, springtime kite.

 

WATCH OUT!

If you choose to work with glue, it can be messy. So, prepare your area, your preschooler and yourself. You can get activity prep tips right here in our FAQ.

MATERIALS - click to buy
  1. One lunch-sized paper bag per child, about 5 by 10 inches like these here on Amazon, or, any smaller sized bags you have handy. If your bags have handles like this example, simply snip them off.
  2. Big, preschooler-friendly, washable markers like these or crayons 
  3. Scissors - for Adults only! Older 3’s and 4’s can use child-safe scissors found here.
  4. String, ribbon or yarn - any kind you have will do, at least 18 inches long. Use a longer piece, about 2 feet, to add more spin to your kite.
  5. Optional - Colorful and movement-friendly kite decorations like crepe paper, leftover construction paper strips, ribbon, or more string!
  6. Optional - Non-toxic, quick drying glue to attach kite decorations. Our go-to is Aleene’s Glue.
HOW TO
  1. Skilly Spark: Wow, it’s windy out today! What does all that wind do? Does it make things outside, like trees and grass, move? Yes, the wind blows a lot in the Spring. So let’s make a toy to use outside especially for when it is windy. And what’s the name of the toy that's on a string and you can use in the wind? It’s a kite! We’re going to use this ordinary paper bag to make our very own special kites.
  2. Adults, to make the bag to fly in the wind, draw a circle a large circle on the bottom of the bag. Then, cut it out, being careful not to cut the sides of the bag while doing so. Older 3- and 4-year-olds who are able to use scissors can help, too. Get them started by cutting through the bag’s bottom, then let your child finish cutting the circle.
  3. Now grab your drawing materials and ask your child create pictures or designs on both flat sides, front and back, of their paper bag. Take a moment to chat and spark their imagination: What could this kite be? Maybe a picture of a person, a bug or ... ?
  4. Now, if your child chooses to give their kite a tail or additional decorations, they can glue colorful strips of paper, ribbon or crepe paper on the top or sides of the bag, opposite the side with the hole in it. Take a few minutes to let the glue dry.
  5. Adults, it’s time to make a handle for the kite on the bottom of the bag. Lay the bag on one of its flat sides. Then, use your scissors to poke a small hole through each, top corner. Again, be careful not to cut through the sides of the bag. Thread the piece of string through the two holes, tie it together in a knot and you’re ready to fly.
  6. Grab your kite and let’s go outside and move it in the wind! And even if there isn’t a strong wind blowing, it will still be so much fun to run with the kite and make it soar behind us!
Keep the fun going
  • Tuckered out? Hang your kites from the porch or the ceiling near a window and enjoy the way the breeze moves the kite.
  • Musical kites! Play a favorite song and do some kite dancing.
  • Or, get realistic with older children. 4-year-olds and beyond will enjoy researching specific kinds of flying or soaring animals, such as fish, insects or birds, and then creating accurate drawings on their kites.

Thanks for the inspiration goes to North Carolina’s Audubon 2019 Great Backyard Bird Count, where bird watchers submitted 4,205 checklists reporting 199 species, including the Red-bellied Woodpecker and Eastern Blue Bird flying above-- spotted from Raleigh’s Jordan Lake all the way to Carolina Beach!