Bird Zip Line

Materials:
string (length depends on where you want the zip line)
pencil
straws
tape
paper
scissors
markers/crayons

To make the bird, fold a piece of paper in half lengthwise and trace out the profile of a flying bird on one half with the fold at the top. Cut along the pencil lines. Decorate the bird. Open the bird and tape a straw along the inside fold.
To make the zip line, stretch between two secure anchor spots where string can be attached. It should be at a height that kids can easily reach. Thread a bird onto each string before tying the second attachment.
Kids can "throw" the birds down the string to make them fly. Multiple zip lines can be set up next to each other for bird races.



Modifications for Younger Kids
Placing the string at kid-sized should level will have younger participants running up and down the string holding the bird.

Modifications for Older Kids
Have older kids design a bird that is bottom-heavy and then split the underside of the straw so that the bird can be unattached from the string without untying. Then challenge older kids to create a zip line course for their bird to fly.


Excerpt from 101 KIDS ACTIVITIES THAT ARE THE BESTEST, FUNNEST EVER! by Holly Homer and Rachel Miller. Page Street Publishing/June 2014

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