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Paper Bag Kite

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    Lawrence Hall of Science

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Paper Bag Kite

Learners of almost any age can make and fly this simple, fun, paper bag kite, even on a day that's not windy! Learners discover the Bernoulli effect—how wind, or the movement of the person running with the kite, helps reduce air pressure above the kite, allowing the kite to rise even though it is heavier than air. Learners are also encouraged to modify the kite design, to test what happens if there are no streamers, if there are holes punched in the bag, or if the size of the bag is made larger or smaller.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Model


Materials List (per student)

  • paper lunch bag
  • colored streamers
  • string or yarn
  • crayons or markers
  • tape
  • scissors


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Structure
      • Atmosphere
  • Physical Sciences
    • Energy
      • Potential and Kinetic Energy
    • Motion and Forces

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Outdoor Activity
  • Physical Activity
  • Toys


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Access Rights:

  • Free access



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