I love doing crafts with Little Face all the time. Sometimes it is hard to find a craft to work on and not throw away right away. I love when I find something where we can make a toy he can actually play with. This fish flying kite is perfect. I think it would be great a craft for any child.
A kindergarten teacher once told me about tear art. This improves motor development and children do not get so frustrated trying to cut paper. Tear art also allows for great vibrant colors crayons usually can’t provide. And I am not crazy, I am not giving Little face markers. He just pounds them until the tips break. He really doesn’t like to color much anyway. So I decided to cut out the scales for this project. We used crepe paper. I just love the bright colors available. This is a really light material and perfect for a kite!
Materials for Japanese Flying Fish Kite Craft:
Crepe paper (in at least two colors)
Paper fish – 2 copies.
String or yarn
Small wooden dowel or straight stick
Directions for Japanese Fish Flying Kite:
1. I used this fish template printable as the basis of the flying kite. Make two copies. Cut out both fish shapes.
2. Cut out around 16 crepe paper scales in each color. I cut about 2 inches of crepe paper and just made a half round cut at the end. Trying to keep this simple. I used crepe paper because it is light and has vibrant colors. You can choose any two colors your child loves. Little face loves blue and green.
3. Next only glue the edges of the two blank sides of the fish together. Make sure the middle is not glued to allow air to go through the fish’s mouth. One fish will be upside down. Don’t worry you child will not even notice. I found it helpful to put a pencil in between the two sides while it dried. I just didn’t want it to accidentally stick together.
4. Once the sides are dry glue the colored crepe paper scales on the side of the fish in alternating colors to create an awesome looking fish.
5. Little face wanted to color the face, so I let him. As you can see from the photo at the top, he didn’t color much, but he loved it. I try to encourage his writing as much as possible.
6. Then cut streamers for the tail various lengths around 2 feet long. It looks so much better in the wind with different lengths rather than the same.
7. Punch a hole in the fishes mouth as far down as you can. For extra strength I put a little glue around the hole and let it dry. I knew he was going to be running with this and I didn’t want it to tear.
8. Get 2 pieces of string or yarn about 6 in. and tie them through the holes. Next use duct tape and tape the strings to the wooden dowel. For extra decoration I added a few more pieces of duct tape down the dowel in his favorite color to finish off this fabulous flying kite.
I love that he can fly this kite all by himself and he doesn’t need any wind just his little feet. As you can see, he has enjoyed running all around the neighborhood with his flying kite. He even said it looked like he caught a fish. The hardest part of this craft project is waiting for the glue to dry with a three year old around. Go ahead and PinIt, so you can make one of these cute kites with your little one. If you made this kite what colors would you use?