Projects: Let’s Go Fly This Kite

  • Contests: most creative, best representation of a theme, best crash, fastest ascent, relay races. Encourage the kids to make up their own contests.
  • Party favors, invitations or the actual activity of the party.
  • Family picnics or reunions.
  • An outing in the park or on the beach.
  • Scout meetings, overnights, derby type projects.
  • Classroom projects: Since kites have been an integral part of many scientific, historical, and cultural events, this activity can become perfect enrichment relating to various subject matter. (There is more information about this in the workshop packet that comes with each Kites…on a Roll®) Language arts activities are endless: finding and reading stories about kites, writing poetry, stories, and songs. Even Mary Poppins sang about kite flying. Creativity in the air can translate into creativity on paper!
  • Corporate picnics or team building exercises.
  • Corporate Fun: One company challenged its departments by limiting the decorating materials to those items located in their desks. One of the teams used so many items that the kites were too heavy to fly. Specifying items can really spur creativity.
  • Snacks: Make any bar cookie recipe, including Rice Krispies® Treats. Cut the cookies into diamond kite shapes. Have frosting (thin tip), licorice or other candy strips, sprinkles and other edible decorations on hand. Turn kite making into a delicious event. You don’t have to fly real kites to have yummy fun!
  • Day care or after school programs
  • Camp activities: an arts and crafts program, color war activities, science projects, outdoor events

For further information, to find a kite event near you, visit the American Kitefliers Association site at http://www.aka.kite.org.

Think of this product as the perfect rainy day project and sunny day activity.

Craft Activities

  • Cut out shapes from adhesive backed paper or have children bring in their favorite stickers to decorate the kite sail.
  • Wax crayons can be used on our Sled and Malay Bird writeable patterns to create a rubbing design. An impression is made on the plastic pattern when crayons rub over a rough surface placed under the pattern. The rougher the texture, the greater the effect.
  • When using paints and markers, allow enough time for the colors to dry. Permanent markers create the most intense color on the plastic.
  • Mailing labels (3 1/2″ x 15/16″) become a good substitute for a very strong tape. These can be purchases at any office supply store. Do note that they are not water resistant.
  • Oil pastels provide good color on the writeable plastic of the Sleds and Malay Birds. They are more costly than other markers.
  • At times kids have difficulty deciding what to draw. Sometimes a theme relating to a school topic (e.g. study of dinosaurs), areas of interest (e.g. sports), or color is very helpful.
  • Clip art offers great ideas.
  • When using rub-on transfers, cut out the individual designs for easy handling by kids.
  • When using glue or paste, place a dollop in a small container, like an egg carton section. Give each kid a popsicle stick to use to scoop up some adhesive and to evenly coat the plastic or the item being glued. Do allow time for the glue to dry.
  • Since our plastic is translucent, large pictures or line drawings can be placed under the plastic to trace. Make sure the lines of the objects are bold and distinct for easy tracing.
  • Check out office supply places, scrapbook and craft stores for craft products.
  • Use adult scissors, not child scissors when cutting out the plastic.
  • Magazine and catalog pictures make good designs. Just glue the cut-out to the plastic.
  • Stickers and decals adhere very well to the plastic. Make sure they are as large as possible to be seen or be used as part of a design, like a round decal becoming the center of a flower.
  • Large, movable eyes look great on the kites. Make sure they are the adhesive backed ones or know that you will have to glue them in place.
  • An additional place for ideas for a kite design would be a book on flags. The colors and designs used are very helpful. Learn more in our 2005 Summer/Fall Newsletter.
  • In addition to tails adding stability to some kites, they are also considered to be line laundry, lightweight objects that are fastened to the flying line to add color, action and, in some cases, a sense of humor. Learn more in our 2005 Fall/Winter Newsletter.
  • Use as bright a color highlighter as you can find. Just make sure the ink dries on the sail before touching it; otherwise the color will smear.

Kite Decorating Tips

  • One of our very helpful teachers gave us 2 very good ideas to pass on. Make sure you allow enough time for both the drying of markers and glue on the kite sails and the flying of kites once they’re completed. We give an approximate time allotment for each pattern, but you know your group. Consider your kite makers when planning the amount of time needed for the whole activity.
  • She also suggested numbering the kite patterns as you cut them off the roll in case you don’t use all 20 of them. Make sure the first pattern left on the roll has the next number. Thus, you will have an idea of how many more kites you can make another time.
  • Make the designs BIG, bold and bright so that they can be seen against the sky.
  • Add craft materials like feathers and ribbons and challenge the “artists” to think of other supplies. The more variety of materials, the more creativity.
  • Some children need more structure than others, so you may want to give them more guidance in decorating.
  • Be sure to make the sample kite that we include in your order ahead of time so there are no surprises.
  • The SLED patterns are imprinted on writeable plastic. That means you can use crayons as well as permanent (not water soluble) markers. The DELTA and MALAY BIRD patterns are not imprinted on writeable plastic, so only permanent markers will work.
  • Mixed age group: Make sure that your decorating supplies offer choices for all the ages in the group. This way everyone feels creative.
  • A great suggestion from a camp’s arts and crafts director. If the tails for the sled kite are too hard to cut out for little hands or require too much time for your group, tape scraps left over from the cut-out pattern together to create a tail.
  • Paints – We recently tested a variety of craft paints, both in jars and tubes. If you do use paints on the kite sails, make sure you allow enough time in your schedule for the colors to dry – at least 1 hour. I suggest you try the paint first before letting kids use the material. Check for age recommendations on arts and crafts supplies.
  • The SLED and MALAY BIRD tails take time and scissor skill, so you may want to cut them out as strips and tape the pieces together, instead of trying to cut the curves.
  • Kites fly up and away so designs have to be large to be seen.
  • Sometimes it is difficult to come up immediately with a design for a kite. Give the kite maker a piece of paper to use for sketching an idea. Practicing on a scrap piece of paper might make the activity less frustrating. Learn more in our 2005 Summer/Fall Newsletter.