Time Flies When You Share It with Someone

Special: Make a Homemade Kite!

By sharing cultural experiences through fun projects and literature, children can grow to appreciate the diversity that makes their world such an interesting place to live!

  • Target Age: 4-7
  • Skills:
    • Social and Emotional Skills
    • Art Appreciation Skills
    • Language and Literacy Skills
    • Physical and Motor Skills

Materials: (These materials make one kite)

  • 6 plates
  • kite string
  • clear packing tape
  • hole puncher
  • metal ring
  • crepe paper or ribbon

Directions: Make a homemade kite with a special friend! Staple 6 paper plates together in a triangular form (Top row-3, middle row 2, single on bottom). Reinforce string holes by placing clear packing tape on the front and back of small area on each corner plate. Punch holes. Tie 3 yards of string from each corner, attach to metal ring. Use ring to tie into string on a roll. Kite tails can be made from crepe paper or scrap ribbon.

Take it Further: Encourage your child to discover the world of kites by joining a local kite flying organization or by visiting your local bookstore and hobby shop. Before flying a kite, identify hazards and safety issues that every kite flyer needs to know.

With a Group: Long ago in China, kites were used to send messages to the gods. After reading Kites: Magic Wishes That Fly Up in the Sky by Demi (Crown Publishers), provide group with large balloons and permanent markers. Encourage children to write kind messages on balloons like Love One Another; Hug-A-Friend; Be Happy; Smile; and Someone Loves You!

Related Books

  • Kite Flying by Grace Lin (Random House Juvenile)
  • Share and Take Turns (Learning to Get Along Series) by Cheri J. Meiners, Meredith Johnson (Illustrator) (Free Spirit Publishing, Inc.)
  • Share this culturally diverse kite story by reading: Angel's Kite (Bilingual- Spanish/English) by Alberto Blanco (Children's Book Press)


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