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    By Laurie

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    My 4th graders made easy, colorful kites out of a few basic materials, and a little bit of folding. They actually flew great, as well as looked nice hanging from the ceiling. They used colored paper, 8 1/2 by 11 (I bought a pack of flourescent and a pack of pastel and let them choose - enough paper left over to make kites for several more years, colored surveyor's tape for the tail (I bought blue and orange from a hardware store, and let them choose), and a bamboo skewer across the back. I bought a pack of 50, or 100, or something like that, at the grocery store. The only other thing it didn't call for that I would recommend is a gummy thing to put over the hole that you hole-punch to make the paper more sturdy so the string doesn't pull through the paper, if they actually want to fly them. I don't know what they are called, but they are the little round things that you lick and they have a hole in them, and they are to keep paper from tearing. You can buy those at Walmart too. All in all, I invested about 20.00, but have enough material left from all of that to make kites for years to come. And you wouldn't have to use colored paper - you could use white and they could color them. ANYWAYS, I will email you the site for the directions as soon as I look it up. Hope this helped!


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