Arts & crafts with kites for children

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Arts & crafts with kites for children
Kite crafts can help make imaginations soar. (kite image by Tinovskiy from Fotolia.com)

The first kites were introduced in China between 478 and 392BC. Kites are a common symbol for the spring and summer months. There are many kite-related crafts that can be integrated into various kite-themed lesson plans. For example, kites can be used to talk about weather, wind, seasons or even various countries, such as China.

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Kite Mobile

Using a hanger, string and colourful construction paper, craft a mobile that features hanging kites. The kites can be decorated with stickers, crayons and markers. Perfect craft for helping to teach the diamond shape to children.

Picture Kite

Make a large paper kite using construction paper, string and markers. On the top of the kite, write "You make me feel like flying!" Place a picture of the child in the middle of the kite. Hang on the wall. This project can be adapted to feature a ribbon to which clothespins can be attached as a child works towards a specific goal. For example, if a child is working at learning the times tables, a clothespin can be added to the tail of the kite for each level the child reaches.

Straw-painted Kite

Cut a diamond shape out of a shiny piece of paper. Drop paint that has been thinned with water onto the kite in a few random areas. Using a straw, blow the paint into different shapes. This can be used to illustrate how we can move things with air, just like the wind.

Spring Paper Kites

Decorate construction paper kites with the symbols of spring using cut-outs, stickers or markers. Older children can write words used to describe spring. Use crepe paper or yarn for the tails. This activity is great for introducing words or objects that represent the different seasons.

Kite Bookmark

Cut two small diamond shapes from construction paper. Decorate with markers or stickers. Cut a piece of yarn for a tail and glue between the two diamond shapes. This makes an excellent bookmark for reading the "Wizard of Oz."

Kite Blotting

Cut a kite shape out of a white piece of construction paper. Add a few drops of different colours of craft paint to the middle of the kite. Fold in half and open it up. There will be an interesting design on the kite. Add a ribbon for a tail. A useful craft for teaching how colours mix to make new colours.

Paper Plate Kite

Decorate a paper plate with markers or stickers. Glue streamers to the paper plate at the bottom edge. Punch a hole in each side of the paper plate and tie a piece of yarn across the plate, leaving a little slack. Then tie a long piece of yarn to the middle of the attached yarn. This kite will fly. Great craft for teaching children how different materials can be used to catch the wind.

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