Ella has loved her Waldorf hand kite since I first made it for her two years ago, and for a simple, homemade toy, it’s surprising how well it has held up and how much play it still gets! (I’ve only had to replace one ribbon!) For a special Spring treat, I thought we’d change out her fall-coloured ribbons to make a Spring Waldorf Hand Kite.
Even though Ella had taken good care of her Waldorf hand kite, it still needed a bit of a scrub.
We first took off the ribbons, and then scrubbed the wooden ring (purchased from Etsy) with a bit of dish soap, water, and a vegetable scrub brush. (I’ll post the Practical Life Lesson for polishing wood soon!)
After letting the ring dry, I then had Ella polish it back to it’s previous glory with a bit of coconut oil. I usually mix my wood polish 1 part beeswax to 2 parts coconut oil, but this was a bit of a spur of the moment project. (The beeswax adds a bit of sealant and water protection, but I’m not too concerned as we’ll probably change the ribbons out again in the summer.)
We then picked out four Spring-coloured ribbons and securely tied them to the ring — another great practical life skill!
The ribbons from the Spring Waldorf Hand Kite float magically and loop and cascade as children dance about with them — it was really hard to get a good picture of a (chocolate-fueled) Ella showing off her creation.
You can change out the ribbons for your Waldorf Hand Kite in so many different ways — different coloured ribbons, pom poms on the end, character ribbons, jingle bells securely sewn to the edges, etc.
Materials Needed for DIY Spring Waldorf Hand Kite:
- Wooden ring (this is the one I bought from Etsy)
- Your choice of wood polish (homemade: 2 parts coconut oil to 1 part beeswax)
I hope you enjoyed this DIY Spring Waldorf Hand Kite tutorial — it’s a great Spring craft to do with kids and you can work in those Montessori Practical Life skills at the same time!
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