Disclaimer: Berkshire Mummies was gifted the Kite Making Workshop by Norden Farm which included the materials for the kites. Views in this post are honest and those of Berkshire Mummies.
Since lockdown Norden Farm Centre for the Arts in Maidenhead have been running online creative classes via Zoom. They have a packed summer programme, which you can find out about on the Berkshire Mummies Summer Holiday, What’s On Guide. We were kindly invited to have a go at the Kite Making Workshop and I have to say it was excellent and I am so pleased we took part.
What happens in the Kite Making Workshop?
You book your space via the Norden Farm website for the Kite Making Workshop, it costs just £10 per kite. Then the day before the Kite Making session we had to go to Norden Farm to collect our kite making kits. We decided to make this into a trip and went for a walk en-route.
Norden Farm sent us the Zoom link for the online session and we signed in 5 minutes before. Before the workshop started I set up a table in the garden as it was such a beautiful day and myself and my eldest made our kites outside. Alongside the kite kits supplied we just needed colouring pens and scissors.
Chris the tutor from Community Kite Project was brilliant and his knowledge and passion for kites really came across. He had two screens set up, one where he spoke to the camera and the other zoomed in on his ‘making’ table so it was easy to follow his instructions. Before we made our kite Chris explained the history of the Sode Kite which we were making – it was great to learn about the kite itself – naively I never appreciated there were so many different types!
Making a kite
During the session we constructed out kite kit under the instruction of Chris. It was easy to follow and Chris took the session at the pace of all the families logged in online. It involved cutting, sticking and assembling the kite.
Once we have made our kit, we were left to decorate our kites and fly them after the session had finished.
Flying the kites
Once our kites were made we were very keen to fly them. Chris gave some great advice about where and when to fly a kite and I wondered if ours would fly as it didn’t look like there was enough wind.
However, we headed out for our daily walk and had a go. There was enough wind and we managed to fly our kites. They were fantastic, really easy to fly and they looked great in the sky.
The kite making workshop was a brilliant activity. The session gave us two activities to do during the day with both the kite construction and also the kite flying. We look forward to taking our kites out again this week and would highly recommend this experience.
Do keep an eye out for more details about Norden Farm’s annual Kite Festival on their website. The event is currently due to take place on 12th September 2020.
Click here to view the Berkshire Mummies disclaimer. This session and materials were gifted.