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 activity

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!


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