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Plastic Bag Kite

How does a kite work? Try building your own out of a plastic bag and then flying it with your Section!

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  • When and where will you have this Adventure?
  • What do you need to bring?
  • What games can you play with your kites?
  • How will you decorate your kites?


  • Make a cross with two wooden skewers. Use tape or string to fix the skewers together. One end of the cross should be longer than the other three.
  • With help from your Scouters, cut a plastic bag into a diamond shape.
  • Make small holes in the plastic bag to put the wooden cross through. Tape the bag to the cross, or tie things together with string.
  • Your finished kite will be about 20 cm tall (or the size of the skewer).
  • Tie a very long length of string (on a spool) to the centre of the cross. Use this string to fly your kite.


  • What do you know now that you did not know before?
  • How well did your kite fly?
  • What tricks did you use to get your kite in the air?
  • How did you keep your kite flying?
  • What other creative things can you do at the beach?

Keep it Simple

  • Learn how a kite works by flying a store-bought kite. What made the kite fly? How can you recreate that in your own kite?

Take it Further

  • Scale up this project and make a kite out of a garbage bag!