Let’s Go Fly A Kite!

The stunning aerial photographs in our current Above Scotland exhibition were taken from a high altitude a plane, but did you know that you can do aerial photography by attaching a camera to a kite? This is one of the techniques used by archaeologists to get a quick understanding of how an archaeological site looks from above.

Yesterday at Family Fun nearly 50 children made their own kites out of paper, straws and plastic bags. It was a busy afternoon with lots of activity! Luckily there was a bit of wind so the participants got a chance to fly their brand new kites.

We made two kinds of kites. Below you can find instructions on how to make your own. Our kites and instructions were inspired by various different tutorials that we found on the internet, so if you are interested why not check out the original inspirations – we collated them all together on our Above Scotland  Pinterest board.

Paper kite (easier)
paper kite

Download our Paper Kite instructions and make the kite using this Paper kite template

Plastic bag kite (a bit trickier)
plastic bag kite

Download our Plastic bag kite instructions

We also got one of our favourite feedback comments ever from one of the children, so we just had to share it with you: “tots awsome 🙂 🙂 * * !!”

Hopefully we can keep up the tots awsomeness standard at our next Family Fun! Come along on Wednesday next week (16th April) between 1-4pm. Be inspired by the forgotten worlds of the past revealed in the exhibition’s aerial photographs and make your own world-in-a-box.

Posted by: Sarah


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