MAKING KITES AS A CREATIVE ACTIVITY

Student DIY kite making activity

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CREATIVITY WITH KITE BUILDING KITS

Since our kite kits are a blank canvas, except for the pattern lines, the kite makers have a freedom of expression.

There are some “rules” to  follow before that freedom of expression comes into play which will make your life easier!

MAKING KITE BUILDING EASIER:

The kite sails are plastic so any marker used must be a permanent marker. If using markers with younger kite makers, you might want to get thin plastic gloves without latex, purchased at grocery stores or pharmacies, to cover their hands. Any decorating tool that is water soluble will not stick to plastic; the marks will smear on the plastic surface and the hands that are decorating.

Tape can be decorative or not. Just remember that the stickier the tape the harder it is to remove if there is a mistake. It is important for the kite maker to press down firmly on the tape over the sticks, the plastic sail or the string. Always take extra tape to the flying field.

Use adult scissors to cut out the plastic pattern pieces. Child scissors won’t work.

If the kite maker uses a lot of markers or paints, plan for time for the colors to dry.

We provide a sample kit to make into a kite. Always make your sample kite ahead of time. Not only do you become familiar with how the kit is assembled into a kite but the kids can see what a finished kite looks like.  They see what their efforts will create.

DECORATING IDEAS

Some kids are very creative, some have difficulty thinking of what to draw. You may want to have some ideas ready for them to get the thinking started: birds, animals, flowers, dinosaurs, themes, sports, flags. It might help to give the kite maker a sheet of paper to practice sketching their ideas.

Clip art is also a very good source for ideas.

Whatever they draw, the kite makers need to know that their drawings need to be large, as the kite, when it flies, will be 100+ feet away.

The plastic kite material is translucent so large designs can be placed under the plastic and traced.

Some craft and office supply stores have great crafty products to use when decorating the kites.

It’s important for you and your kite makers to have fun! Contact us for additional suggestions or help at judy@kitesonaroll.com.

Kites…on a Roll® brings together kids of all ages. We offer easy to make and easy to fly kites, the perfect group activity. Kids of all ages love our kites! To order any number of our kits, please check out our store!


Kites…on a Roll® brings together kids of all ages. We offer easy to make and easy to fly kites, the perfect group activity. Kids of all ages love our kites!  To order any number of our kits, please check out our store!

KITES IN THE CLASSROOM

kite making kits in the classroom

kite making kits in the classroom

WHY KITES IN THE CLASSROOM

School seems to be starting earlier each year. Which means you have kids coming in your classroom barely having experienced summer. Making kites is a perfect segue into the school year. It joins the fun of the outdoors with the math, science, history of the kite. Kite making focuses on the importance of following instructions, a life skill that everyone needs, regardless of age. If the kite maker doesn’t assemble the kite correctly, the kite won’t fly. Can’t beat that feedback!

KITE MAKING IN ALL GRADES

We have different kite patterns geared towards different ages and abilities. The twenty patterns come with pre-cut sticks and string wrapped around plastic handles.

Math, science, history and study of cultures all have the opportunity to use kites to teach the subject. Here’s how kites may integrate in the curriculum:

  • Math–geometry, angles, pattern development tail problem. Example: A kite and its tail total 32 feet in length. The tail is 18 feet longer than the length of the kite’s body. How long is the kite’s tail?
  • Science–aerodynamics, wind and weather, experiments (e.g.Ben Franklin)
  • History and culture–kites in war, countries’ use of kites for special national events and holidays. Check out our page on the Global Language of Kites.

Don’t forget:

  • Art and Creativity classes. Refer to our craft page for great suggestions for decorating the kites: We provide the blank page and the kids become the artists.

KITES THAT ARE EASY TO MAKE, EASY TO FLY

Each of the patterns come with detailed instructions. The kite kits become easy kites to make and turn into easy kites to fly. Twenty patterns are wrapped around a cardboard tube. Inside the tube are pre-cut sticks and string wrapped around plastic handles. A sample pattern comes with each order so you can make the kite ahead of time and ask us any questions before you meet your kite makers. It is also helpful to make the kite ahead of time so the kids can see how their sheet of plastic turns into a kite.

 


Kites…on a Roll® brings together kids of all ages. We offer easy to make and easy to fly kites, the perfect group activity. Kids of all ages love our kites!  To order any number of our kits, please check out our store!