Paper Bag Kites

This simple kite will get your child running around as they watch their creations soar in the air!

There’s just something about watching something fly in the air whether it’s an airplane, helicopter, hot air balloon, or kite. Even at a young age, babies will look up at the sky when they hear an airplane, mesmerized by the flying object in the air. My son is 10 months old and every time he sees an airplane he smiles in amazement as he looks up. My older children are often talking about how they wish they could fly in an airplane. Little do they know how expensive it is!

My kids get just as mesmerized with kites as they do with airplanes. They love to watch the kites flutter in the air and get tossed around by the wind. My children haven’t quite mastered how to fly a kite and that is probably because we don’t go kite flying very often. But they still love to try. These paper bag kites are great because children can fly it by themselves without an adult having to help them.

The children started out by decorating their bags. I used stickers and markers. To add some learning into it I had my children try to make a pattern. My 4 year old added a stick then drew a line and repeated that over and over to make a pattern. My seven year old made her own color and shape pattern with the stickers. And my two year old didn’t make any pattern which was absolutely fine since it’s a little advanced for her. Peeling the stickers is a great fine motor activity. I don’t know about your children, but mine absolutely love to peel the paper off the back of the stickers. I remember when my oldest was two years old and I was laying in bed with horrible morning sickness. I gave her a bag of stickers to entertain her. Those stickers kept her busy for a long time as she peeled the paper backings off of them. She even decorated our headboard with all those stickers!

Once we were done decorating the bags we added the streamers to the bottom and the string to the tops. Then they got to run around. It’s amazing how a simple paper bag can make a child so happy! My children’s faces lit up as they watched their bags float up in the air. My four year old carried her bag around all day (even to the river). By the end of the day it was soaking wet and torn but I think it lived a happy fulfilled one day on Earth. Here are the instructions so you can have your child create their own paper bag kite:

Focus Skills: Fine motor skills, process art


  • Markers, stickers, crayons, stamps, (anything to decorate the bags)
  • Glue
  • streamers or yarn cut about 6 inches
  • 12-18 inch piece of yarn
  • paper bag (we used a lunch size)
  • Tape or popsicle stick

Step 1: Give your child the paper bag and have them decorate it. We used stickers and markers to decorate but you could use anything you have on hand.

Step 2: Glue the streamers or yarn to the inside of the opening of the bag.

Step 3: Pierce a hole into the middle of the bottom of the bag.

Step 4: Pull the 12-18 inch piece of yarn through the hole.

Step 5: You can tape the end of the yarn in the inside bottom of the paper bag to keep the yarn from being pulled out. Or you can tie a popsicle stick to the end of the yarn and it keeps the kite string from getting pulled out when the children tug on the string.

Step 6: Run around and fly your kite!

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