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Wind crafts are a great way to nurture your children from a creative standpoint. Learn about wind crafts for kids with help from a graphic designer and illustrator in this free video clip.

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Hi, everybody, my name is Gene, I'm a graphic designer and I'm an illustrator. I've been in the industry for about 15 years. And today, we're going to take a look some wind crafts for kids, let's get started. So, we're going to start out with a couple of Popsicle sticks here, and these are a little bit thinner than your regular Popsicle sticks. I got these from a craft store. And we are going to create the popular Mosaico shape here, and made famous by an artist in British Columbia. And what we're going to do, is we're going to start out with an arrow. And then, we're going to fire a little cross beam here, across the arrow. And once we have that, we're going to take two more Popsicle sticks and we're going to just place them over the bottom. So, it kind of looks like, I don't know, like a fish or like the start of an arrowhead or something. If you did one of these, maybe that's an arrowhead. And then, get some tape or some glue and just tape all of these together. And as you can see, I have already have one ready here. So, we're just going to move that aside. Place it on top of some tissue paper, tissue paper's extremely light. And you just want to fold the tissue paper over, large side at a time. Start off with the right hand large section, and we'll go to left hand and pull it tight here, you don't want to have wrinkles in this. I'm just using duct tape, because it's my favorite tape to use. Don't worry about taping the first side, but you want to tape this area right down here. I'm just going to put one piece of tape, right down the center. Because, then we;re going to pull this side over, and we're going to pull the other side over. And you want there to be a hole in the center here,and I'll explain why in just a second. Tape one piece of tape across and then, I'm going to take a little bit of extra tape. And now, the real reason I'm using duct tape here, is so that you can see exactly where I'm taping that, so that it shows up in the camera. I am going to run some tape down this side, because I want this actual end to be closed. And then, I'm just going to do one more across the center here, to make sure that's down, tight. So, the reason that you want a little bit of air in here, is because even though for our kite, which you can see now, it's taken quite a nice shape. For a kite, tissue paper is quite light, but we're also going to catch some air in this air pocket right here, that we've left. And it's o.k. if this comes out just a little bit, because we didn't, we didn't tape it all down, solidly against the beam. So, as you go, and as you attach your string right here to the center, you can just wrap it right around this area here. Wind will catch, here you go, if you use a smaller piece of thread. But again, I'm using kind of a thicker, thicker piece of string here. So that you can see, I'm just going to tie it like that. And I would suggest you use like a thinner string, like a kite string, would be perfect. And then, as you pull, you're going to be pulling from this end, and air is going to catch right up in here. And that is going to help your kite fly for a longer period of time. So, there you have a nice, little kite made in the Mosaico style of the British Columbia. So, there you have it, some wind craft for kids, thanks for watching. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

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