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.
- 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!