Wow It Works | Miniature kites
Here is another school project from Wow it works , miniature kites …
Kites | Miniature Kites
In the olden days , traditional kites are made using bamboo sticks and rice paper. Thread is used to form the basic shape of the kite . Nowadays , it is very difficult to find bamboo sticks and you can’t find rice paper anymore . However tracing paper can still do the job but not as well as rice paper .
This is how thread is used to form the basic shape of any kite .
I used a bamboo stick (from my favourite $2.00 shop Daiso) as the spine and a thin carbon rod from a hobby shop as the spar .
Miniature Kites | For Kids
As my project involved kids below the age of 12 , getting kids to tie the thread to form the basic shape of a kite would be a real challenge . So , we explore easier alternatives for kids and since we made use of foam for our walk along glider , we might as well adopt and borrow certain ideas from our past projects .
So here we come up with an idea for our very own miniature kites , just using just foam and tapes . The miniature kite has a wing span of less than 20cm and it does not need strong wind to fly the kite . It can be flown indoor . The beauty of these miniature kites using foam is that kids still can design whatever kite shapes they want easily . We let kids design their own kites . However , foam alone is not enough to build a kite . A kite unlike the walk along glider needs a frame because it needs to withstand the stronger wind .
Note that we used carbon rod as spars and a yakult straw for the spine . No thread , but tapes to keep the spine and spar in its position
Miniature Kites | School project
We will still need to use a needle and thread to form the bridle
Now that its done , try to fly the miniature kite . One will soon realise that the miniature kite is very unstable . It tend to turn and just won’t fly . Now we need to attach a tail to the end of both wings to provide stability to the miniature kites . Cut a 2x40cm long paper , best from newspaper , about 0.5cm in width and attached to the end of both wing .
Now try to fly the miniature kites again … It should be much stable now . Enjoy the miniature kites