In the early 1960's, when my brother and I were young, we made kites out of left over Christmas wrapping paper! That was the easy part. It was more difficult figuring out how to balance the kite with the tail, using old rags Mom gave us.
Then we'd go outside, and let her soar up into the March winds.
The kite did not last long because the thin wrapping paper would easily tear; but the activity is still a happy memory for me!
Here are simple directions to build your own kite. Have fun!
To get you into the mood, here is a joyful song from the ending of Mary Poppins-"Let's Go Fly a Kite"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yt_J-xU5qOI