i keep meaning to finish up my venture vermont scorecard, but i keep not being done with activities.
like, i have way more identifications on photos of critters and plants than i need, but for some reason i keep taking pictures of frogs and flowers.
you know, mostly because i do that stuff anyway, challenge or not. and i keep being in really pretty habitats that keep changing with the season.
one of the items on the list is to make and fly a kite.
ok, fine. i like craft projects. i like kites. i like playing outside.
i am also kind of enjoying having my neighbors never really be able to figure out what crazy pants activity i'll be working on next.
so i looked up kites you can build on the internets, because the internets are awesome that way.
incidentally, some moths ago i was telling someone how when i go camping i MUST be able to get wifi every day or so and they thought i was going toward the topic of my social media addiction and i was all like "how else would i look up cool geological formations or museum hours or be able to identify that bug?"
i found some kite designs that looked simple enough to do without launching on a PROJECT and there was this design for a little bumblebee kite that takes about ten minutes to make and uses printer paper and staples, so no awkward waiting for glue to dry or having to find doweling. i just took a page of a topo map i'd printed, grabbed a stapler and a hole punch, and i was off to the races.
it flies pretty well. not as stable or steerable as some of your fancier kites, but it's a thing you could do on a slow afternoon without much preparation and still have the satisfaction of flying a little thing you made yourself.