Kite Making-the perfect back-to-school activity

College students flying the Fly Me Kites they had made in the student activity center at a meet and greet event

Kite making-the perfect back-to-school activityIt’s that time of year again–back-to-school sales, early morning band practices, athletes back on the field, class schedules mailed out, teachers creating exciting classroom walls. Quite a shift from the lazy, hazy days of summer.  Here’s how kite making helps ease students and teachers back into the structure of school and our kite making kits make the activity perfect!

Kite Making in the Curriculum

Reading: Our instructions. To make a kit turn into a successful kite, instructions have to be read and followed correctly or the kites won’t fly. Great feedback! And there are stories, books, poems and songs about kites and kiting. The history of kites, dating back thousands of years, the cultural uses of kites in many countries, the scientific experiments using kites become  great stories.

‘Riting: Kite stories, poems and instructions to make our kits.  I found that instructions are very difficult to write. How to make our kits into kites would be a wonderful writing exercise for students. Creative writing topics: what would I see if I were the kite flying, how would I feel if I were the kite flying, where would I, the kite, travel if my kite string were cut, topics that stretch the imagination as they are described on paper.

‘Rithmetic: Lots of measurements and understanding of geometry. In general, successful kite making requires good math skills. Check out the NASA site on our Links page.

Back-to-school Fun

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

Kite making is also a great “getting to know you activity”.  Ice breaker activities really help students entering a program or a school for the first time. The “newbies” become more comfortable and at ease in the new surroundings if they have met others while all working together.

kite making/flying fun on college campus

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 purchase any of our products, please check out our store to order your kite kits!

 

Kite kit decorating — more fun, more creative, more you!

Decorating kite kit

SPRING IS ALMOST HERE

Spring weather is just around the corner. Time to bring out your kites or materials to make them. If the kite is already made, then check to make sure all the kite spars are there and fit. And the kite sail does not need repair. If you are making your kite kit into a kite, then the fun is just beginning.

KITE KIT DECORATING TIPS

You need to remember some decorating concepts before purchasing different items.  You need to consider the material of the kite kit sail.  If it is paper, you will be able to use any crayon or water soluble marker. A paper sail is not as strong as a plastic one so don’t plan to weigh down the sail with lots of stickers. If the sail is plastic, then you will be able to use only permanent markers as water-soluble markers smear on plastic.

The Kites…on a Roll® kite kits are made of plastic.  Any marker, paint or nail polish has to be permanent.  Any water-soluble product will not stick to plastic; the color will only smear. Sample the marker on the edge of the plastic to see how it looks or sticks. (Make sure you allow enough time for the colors to dry.)  The Fly Me Kite kite kits are made of paper so crayons or water-soluble markers will work. There is a writable coating on our Kites…on a Roll® Sled kits so you could use crayons.  They are not as bright as permanent markers.

Since our plastic is translucent, large pictures or line drawings can be placed under the plastic to trace.  Look for coloring books that offer great pictures for tracing. A book of flags is an ideal place to find drawing ideas.

If working with permanent markers, purchase the thin, vinyl (without latex) gloves at a food, hardware or medical supply store. These gloves keep little hands clean. Office supply stores have large Avery Dennison labels in many great colors, and shapes. While there, look for permanent markers and multi-colored tape and patterned duck tape in the aisles.

TYPES OF SUPPLIES

Kite kit supply ideas
Kite kit supply ideas

The craft stores carry many scrapbooking items that can decorate your kite kit. Just remember that the kite goes up in the air so the designs need to be large. And since the kite goes up in the air be aware of added weight to your kite.

When purchasing supplies for completing your kite kit, do consider the age and abilities of your kite makers and the amount of time you have for the kite making. We estimate the kite building time with each kit, but decorating is subjective and does take extra time.  Please allow for that time in your lesson. Make the sample we send you so the kite makers can see what the finished product will be like. That sample allows you to try different bits and pieces that you purchased at all the wonderful stores beckoning your creative ideas.

We have lots of newspaper bags for your kite makers to take home their rolled-up finished kites.  Let us know how many you need – free of charge!

Kites promote health and joy, a sense that all is right with the world. This is why we are so positive about kite making and kite flying in the coming year!

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 purchase any of our products, please check out our store to order your kite kits!

 

 

S.T.E.M., S.T.E.A.M., KITE MAKING and KITE FLYING

KITING is the perfect STEM/STEAM activity!Kite making and kite flying are the perfect hands-on activities for the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and STEAM ( adding the Arts to STEM) curricula. These major areas of study encourage kids of all ages to understand how the world around us works, foster creative and critical thinking, involve problem-solving skills, and engage the student in active learning experiences.

KITING is the perfect STEM/STEAM activity!

Kite making and kite flying can be as easy or as complicated as you want it to be. Each time you engage in kiting, you are employing at least two of the STEM/STEAM components. That’s why KITING is the perfect STEM/STEAM activity!

Kite making & flying as a STEM activity

 S science: weather, physics, wind, aerodynamics, scientific research, Ben Franklin and Alexander Graham Bell

 T technology: kite design, scientific research, kite aerial photography

 E engineering: kite design, instruments for using kites for scientific research, uses of kites through the ages

 M  math: geometry, measurements such as altitude, length of kite line and tails, distance.

Turn STEM into STEAM

Turn STEM into STEAM by adding the (arts)designing the kite, decorating the kite, reading about kites through literature or poetry.

If you are involved in STEM/STEAM programming, consider kite making and kite flying as activities to encourage your students’ hands-on learning and hands-on exploration of the world around them.

 

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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!