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- Flying Kite Letter to Santa
Flying Kite Letter to Santa
Want your letter to Santa to fly straight to the top of his mail pile? Well, then you'll need to send him a magical flying kite message, of course! Tell Santa all your holiday hopes and dreams, then send your note soaring straight to the North Pole!
- Something to write with
- Paper bag (we recommend reusing a paper grocery bag to make a large kite)
- Clothing hanger or wire
- String (we recommend using something strong like poultry string)
- Tissue paper
- Wire cutters (if needed)
- Small weighted object (optional)
Gather your supplies and tools.
Write out your special note to Santa! Be sure to let him know how you've been this year and what your hopes are for the holiday season!
Carefully cut or tear your paper grocery bag so that it is one flat surface. Once you have a flat surface, tape the clothing hanger or wires to each side of the bag in a "t" shape. The wiring will help create supports that will make your kite stronger! (Note: You may find that you need to use wire cutters to cut the hangar or wiring to size - be sure to have an adult help you with this!)
Once your wiring is safely secured, you can then fold the edges of the paper bag around your supports into the shape of a kite.
Cut off any excess paper and tape the edges.
At this stage, your kite should look something like this.
Next, you'll be creating the guiding string to hold onto as you fly your kite around! Cut out a large section of string and tie that to the wiring on one side of your kite. For beginner kite flyers, it is recommended to cut your string at least 65 inches in length.
Use your tissue paper to cut streamers to add to the tail of your kite.
This step is optional but now is also the time where you can add your small weighted object to help the kite fly straight! This can be a small round weight with a hole, some heavy beads; virtually anything you can tie a string onto. Be sure to tape this weight object onto the tail along with your streamers.
Now it's finally time to add your letter to Santa! Tape this onto the side opposite from where your guiding string is tied.
Your kite is ready to take to the sky! Be sure to fly this in a safe open area so that it can soar all the way to the North Pole.