Our new Coop is off and flying high!
I'm excited about getting to teach history- we're using Mystery of History - Vol. 4 as a guide for our studies.
With just 6 kiddos in each class, we have the perfect size group for doing fun, hands-on projects. My FAVORITE way to teach.
This week, we studied Benjamin Franklin. The perfect opportunity to make our very own kites!
Here's my process:
Wooden dowels (I bought one long dowel and cut it into 2 pieces, one longer than the other) Be careful using the saw!! See my bandaid....
Then, I masking taped the sticks together in a cross.
I took a thin cord, and hot glued it to the tips of the dowels, creating the kite form.
After the form is completed, trace a piece of paper and cut out around - leaving about a 2" overlap. Take the overlap and glue it down over the string form. I had the kiddos decorate their kite fronts BEFORE we glued them on the kite form. I recommend hot glue, it dries nice and fast!
After the kite is together - add a string from top of kite to bottom of kite to make a cradle. We used a hole punch to make a hole on the top, and on the bottom. Then, we reinforced it with clear tape.
I found adorable little keys at Michaels in the $1 section... we strung them onto our kite's string for authenticity :-)
Add a ribbon tail, for cuteness - and flying stability.
Here's a view of the finished kite - front and back. These turn out to be surprisingly sturdy. We wanted to go and fly them, but - our weather was not cooperating!
The next generation's greatest inventors!!
To complete our look - we made pipe cleaner bifocals (another brilliant invention of Ben Franklin's)