Kite Theme

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Theme Ideas

Kite-a-Thon

We do a fundraiser each year to help bring new things into our classroom. Our annual event is a kite-a-thon. We provide each child with a kite in the day of the event and invite their family to attend. The children go out a week ahead of time and get pleges. So much per min. their kite is in the air or a set amount. It is a lot of fun and great for family participation. The kids have a lot of fun and they get a kite to keep.

~Submitted by Amee

Go Fly A Kite - bulletin board idea

Trace a kite pattern onto brown paper. Cut through two thickness of paper at the same time. Stitch the two kite shaped cutouts together, stuff the kite with newspaper strips before making the last stitch, and attach a fabric strip tail. You will need a child shape cutout and insert a picture of your children into the face area of the cutout. Staple the child shape cutouts and the kites that the children have decorated to the bulletin board. Connect the kites and children cutouts with yarn.

Interactive Bulletin Board

The purpose of this bulletin board is to have the children place the proper number of ribbons on each kite tail. To do this they need to look at the number of dots on the kite. Construct kites and print the numerals beginning with one and the corresponding number of dots on each. Construct ribbons for the tails of the kites. Color the kites and tails and laminate. Staple kites to the bulletin board. Affix magnetic strips to each kite as the string. Affix a magnetic piece in the middle of each ribbon. Label this bulletin board “Let’s Go Fly A Kite!”

Kite Dancing

Pretend to be kites, the children can leap and dip to music and pull gauze scarves through the air to simulate the kite tails.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Kite Safety Tips

Never fly a kite:
Near electric lines or poles.
With metal parts or lines which will attract electricity.
In the rain, the line can also carry electricity.
Near the edge of a steep hill or slope.
Near ditches, stones, trees, and traffic.
Always remember:
If you kite does get caught up in a tree or pole. Leave it alone! Climbing high places can be very dangerous.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Kites & Science

In 1752 Benjamen Franklin proved that there was electricity in storm clouds. He flew a kite with a brass key tied to the end of his line during a thunderstorm. He proved his theory true when the stormy atmosphere struck the kite line and travelled down to the key where it caused a spark of electricity. This was a very dangerous experiment because if Benjamen Franklin had been wet he could have been badly hurt!

In 1903 the Wright Brothers were experimenting with large box kites. These experiments led to the first airplane at Kitty Hawk. Box kites were also helpful in predicting the weather. From 1898 to 1993 kite stations flew box kites equipped with weather- measuring devices.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Room Decorations

Hang real kites from the ceiling.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Kite Match

Make 8 kites on the inside of a file folder using six different wallpaper patterns. Draw on the tails. Cover with clear contact. Make 8 kite shapes without the tails. Cover with contact for durability. The child matches each kite shape to the one with the same wallpaper patterns. The kites can be kept in a plastic bag and clipped to the folder when not in use.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Kite Puzzles

Cut several kite shapes out of wallpaper samples. Laminate or cover with clear contact paper. Cut the kites in half the long way and mix up. The children can take turns putting the kites back together.

Have the children pair up. In each pair have one child pretend to be the kite and the other child pretend to be the kite flyer. Have the kite flyers reel out their kites and move them up and down and back and forth. Then have them reel in their kies and trade places with their partners.

~Submitted by Madame Butterfly

Flannelboard Kites

Cut kite and bow shapes out of five different colors of felt. Attach a yarn tail to each kite. Place the kite shapes on the flannelboard and put the bow shapes in a pile nearby. Let the children identify the colors of the bows and place them on the tails of the matching colored kites.

~Submitted by Andrea

Kite Puzzles

Cut ten kite shapes out of different patterned wallpaper samples. Cover the shapes with clear contact paper for durability. Cut each kite shape into half lengthwise. Mix up the pieces and let the kids take turns puttin them back together.

~Submitted by Andrea


In the Kitchen

Kite Sandwiches

Give the children bread and cheese slices that have been cut into kite shapes. Let them put their slices together to make kite sandwiches.

Kite Cake

Bake cake in a 9 by 13 inch cake pan. Let cool and leave in pan. Frost and let the icing harden. With a toothpick draw a kite and tail on the cake. Fill in the cake with icing of another color and decorate the tail with gumdrops.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Kite Sandwiches

Cut sandwiches into kite shapes by trimming the crust. Use carrot strips as the cross bow to decorate.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare


Links

20 Kids * 20 Kites * 20 Minutes - Big Wind Kite Factory Homepage
Bob's Java Kite - Bob Steele's Home Page
Soar Into Spring With Kites - Education World
Basic Sled Kite - Exeter Kite Central Front Page
Bumblebee Kite - Gomberg Kite Productions International
Fun Kite Games - Gomberg Kite Productions International
How To Fly A Kite - Gomberg Kite Productions International
Kite History - Gomberg Kite Productions International
Kite Music - Gomberg Kite Productions International
Kite Science - Gomberg Kite Productions International
A Kite Learning Project - Hutchins Elementary
The Kite That Got Stuck - Katy's Web Page
KITEcast.com
Matthew and Jake Fly A Kite - Matthew's and Jake's Adventures
Fly A Kite With Fillipe The Monster - Monsters.net
Kite Art - Perpetual Preschool
Kite Games - Perpetual Preschool
Kite Science - Perpetual Preschool
Kite Snacks - Perpetual Preschool
Kite Songs - Perpetual Preschool
Go and Fly a Kite! - Skratchpad.com
Make a Sugar Glider Kite - Wangaratta Primary School

COLORING PAGES

Kite Coloring Page - Family Works! Coloring Book


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