Activity 4: Construct and Fly a Sled Kite

Aim: Students will construct fly a simple Sled Kite.

Material Required:

  • Sled Kite Template
  • Two drinking straws
  • Cellophane tape
  • Scissors
  • Two 45 cm lengths of string
  • One 1 m length of string
  • Ruler
  • Single-hole paper puncher
  • One paper clip Markers, crayons, pencils
  • Paper (crepe, tissue, newspaper)


  1. Make a copy of the Sled Kite Template using paper. Carefully cut out the sled kite.
  2. Decorate the top of the sled kite using crayons, markers, or other material.
  3. Trim the length of the two straws so they will fit in the area marked for the straws. Tape them in place.
  4. Place two or three pieces of tape in the marked areas covering the black circles.
  5. Using a single-hole paper puncher, carefully punch the two holes marked by the black circles.
  6. Cut two pieces of kite string 45 cm each.
  7. Tie a string through each hole. Tie them tight enough so you do not tear the paper.
  8. Tie the opposite end of both strings to a paper clip.
  9. Pick up the 1 m long piece of string.
  10. Tie one end of this string to the other end of the paper clip. Your sled kite is ready to fly
  11. Outside in a clear area, hold the 1 m length of string and run with the kite to make it fly.
  12. Run slow and run fast, and observe how the kite flies at different towing speeds.