Just Right for a Kite

by Susan M. Dailey

 

        Make three kites in different sizes.  I used construction paper to make them.  Get material or ribbon to make the various kite tails.  I made the first tail several yards long, but I cut it into two pieces--one was very short.  I then used Velcro® to attach the two pieces.  When Goldilocks tears the tail off, I separated the tail at the Velcro®.  The kids can participate by pretending to hold the kite and by slapping their hands against their legs when the characters are running.  

 

            One spectacular spring day, Goldilocks was skipping through the meadow by her house.  She saw three kites lying on the ground.  Goldilocks tried to pick up the first kite, but… KERPLUNK, it hit the ground.

            “This kite is too big,” said Goldilocks.

            She picked up the second kite.  It was teeny, tiny.  She held the kite string in one hand and the kite in the other.  She ran (slap hands against legs) and ran.  She let go of the kite and… KERPLUNK, it hit the ground.

            “This kite is too small,” said Goldilocks.

            She picked up the last kite.  It wasn’t too big or too small.  It was just right.  

Goldilocks held the kite string in one hand and the kite in the other.   She ran and ran.  She let go of the kite.  It went up in the air, wobble around, then… KERPLUNK, it hit the ground.

“This kite needs a tail,” said Goldilocks.  She went home and came back with a long ribbon.  She tied it on the kite.  Then she held the kite string in one hand and the kite in the other.  She ran, but the kite tail tangled around her legs and… KERPLUNK, she fell down.

            “This tail is too long,” said Goldilocks.

She tore off part of the tail.  Then she held the kite string in one hand and the kite in the other.  She ran and ran.  She let go of the kite.  It went up in the air, wobble around, then… KERPLUNK, it hit the ground.

“This tail is too short,” said Goldilocks.

“Hey, that’s my kite,” said a voice.  It was Baby Bear.

“I’m sorry,” said Goldilocks.  “I thought someone didn’t want it anymore.”

“I just went home to get a tail for the kite,” said Baby Bear.

He tied the tail to the kite.  It wasn’t too long or too short.  It was just right.

Baby Bear held the kite string in one hand and the kite in the other.  He ran and ran.  He let go of the kite and… KERPLUNK, it hit the ground.

“The wind is too soft,” said Baby Bear sadly.

“Maybe it will start blowing soon,” said Goldilocks.  “We can play something else for awhile.”

So Goldilocks and Baby Bear played tag and hide-and-seek.  Soon the wind began to blow again.

Baby Bear grabbed the kite.  He held the kite string in one hand and the kite in the other.  He ran and ran.  He let go of the kite and…WHOOSH, the wind grabbed the kite and yanked it into the air. 

“Help!  The wind is too hard,” called Baby Bear.

The wind whipped the kite around.  Goldilocks and Baby Bear were finally able to pull it back to the ground.  The kite was torn and broken. 

Goldilocks looked sadly at the kite.  “It’s ruined,” she said.

“I made this one.  I can make another,” said Baby Bear.  “Let’s meet here again when the wind is just right.”

The next day Goldilocks skipped out to the meadow.  Baby Bear was waiting with not one, but two kites. 

Goldilocks and Baby Bear each held a kite string in one hand and a kite in the other.  They ran and ran.  They let go of the kite and…the kites sailed smoothly into the air. 

These kites were not too big or too little.  The tails weren’t too long or too short.  The wind wasn’t too soft or too hard.  It was just right for a kite!

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