KITE MAKING: ACTIVITY FOR BACK-TO-SCHOOL FRAME OF MIND

When I went to school, we always started the Wednesday after Labor Day.  Now, many schools start the middle of August.  It must be challenging for teachers and students to get caught up in the school environment when it is still summertime outside. Tomatoes are just turning, deer still have a warm tawny colored coat, crickets are chirping while high school bands are practicing.

Teachers need a bridge and KITE MAKING and KITE FLYING fit quite well into any school curriculum.  History, math, science, language, art–the study of kites and kite making make the perfect activity for enriching those subjects.

Historically, kites were used for military purposes, scientifically as the forerunner of the airplane, a tool to study weather. Studying altitude and angles requires math skills, and culturally many different countries have their own kite festivals to honor the gods, weather, harvest, aeronautical skill and good fun. If you look at our LINKS page, you will find lots of kite information that will help you as you find ways to bring kites into your back-to-school curriculum.

One of the best reasons for students to make kites (especially at the beginning of the school year) is learning how to follow instructions. We give you  detailed instructions for building any of our kite kits. If the instructions are not followed, the kite won’t fly.  That’s great feed-back.

Back-to-school activities in the classroom needn’t feel like back to school. Kite making and kite flying turn academic topics into fun and relevant courses of study.

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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! .

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