Central Java, Indonesia
With coloring items, vibrant string, some paper and bamboo, 12-year-old Ardyan successfully crafts one of his favorite toys: a kite
How It's Made
- Thin paper
- String or thread
- Coloring items
- Cut two pieces of bamboo, the same length
to make two sticks half inch wide.
- Smooth with sandpaper.
- Mark a point on one-third of the first stick
and at the center of the second stick.
- Tie the two together at the cross section.
- Tie the thread at the four edges.
- Spread glue on the thread and the sticks.
- Place a thin piece of paper on the frame and
seit it correctly.
- Cut the paper based on the pattern.
- Apply some glue at the border of the paper.
- Insert a string at the middle and bottom
of the kite.
- Adjust the string according to the right measure.
- Color the kite as you like.
Watch a slideshow of how Ardyan and Yudis
put together and play with their kite and propeller
Yudis is an only child studying in the fourth grade of elementary school. He is 9 years old and his mother is active as the chairman of the Community Management Council in Wiradadi. His father is a snack vendor and often teaches his children to make toys, including a propeller.
How It's Made
- Cut a suitable sized bamboo for the outer sticks.
After cutting, make a hole in the middle.
- Cut the other part of the bamboo into half and cut
each half into small pieces. Make them thin, giving
oval edgesto them.
- Make a stick from the other part of the bamboo for
the axis of the propeller. It should be able to fit
inside the first piece of bamboo.
- Make holes int he middle of the propeller to insert
- Tie a thread on a stick inside the first bamboo and
match it with the distance of the hole. Pull at the
end of the thread out of the hole.
- Color of leave the natural color of the bamboo.
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