Kite Theme






Book List

A Sky Full of Kites - by Osmond Molarsky
Curious George Flies a Kite - by Margaret Rey
Fly-Away Kite - Davis Lee
Grover, Grover Come On Over - Katherine Ross
Hamlet and the Enormous Chinese Dragon Kite - by Brian Lies
Kites For Kids - Burton Marks
Let's Make a Kite - Jack Stokes
Lucky Song - Vera Williams
The Berenstain Bears - Go Fly a Kite - Stan & Jan Berenstain
The Great Kite Book - by Norman Schmidt
The Kite - by Mary Packard


Songs & Fingerplays

I Like Kites - Sung to "3 Blind Mice"

I like kites, I like kites.
They fly high, they fly high.
They keep on spinning round and round,
Sometimes they even touch the ground,
They fly through the air without a sound.
Oh, I like kites!

~Submitted by Lind Osmun

Five Little Kites Flannel Board

One little kite in the sky so blue,
Along came another, then there were two.
Two little kites flying high above me;
Along came another, then there were three.
Three little kites, just watch them soar,
Along came another, then there were four.
Four little kites, so high and alive
Along came another, then there were five.
Five little kites dancing across the sky,
What a sight to see, way up so high!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Kite Flying(Finger-play)

Pick a windy day (flap hands and make wind sound) Pick a kite that's gay (use fingers to make a diamond shape)
Send it on its way lift hands high to hold imaginary string)
Give it lots of play (unwind more string)
Watch it dip and sway (Dip and sway motion with hand and arm)
Don't let it get away (Pretend to hold the string tight with two hands)

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Five Little Kites (For flannel board, use felt shapes for the cloud bird, sun airplane and the kites. Securely sew on ribbon tails.)

Five little kites, way up in the sky
say hi to the clouds, as they pass by.
Say hi to the birds,
Say hi to the sun,
say hi to the airplane, oh what fun.
Then swish went the wind,
and they all took a dive: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

My Kite - Sung to "The Farmer in the Dell"

My kite is up so high,
My kite is up so high,
Oh my - - just watch it fly
My kite is up so high.

My kite is falling down,
My kite is falling down,
Oh no - - it's down so low
My kite is falling down.

The wind has caught my kite,
The wind has caught my kite,
What fun - - I'm on the run
The wind has caught my kite.

My kite is up so high,
My kite is up so high,
Oh my - - just watch it fly
My kite is up so high.

Kite Friends - Poem

One little kite in the sky so blue.
Along came another, then there were two.
Two little kites flying high above me.
Along came another, then there were three.
Three little kites, just watch how they soar.
Along came another, then there were four.
Four little kites, so high and so alive.
Along came another, then there were five.
Five little kites dancing 'cross the sky.
What a sight to see, way up so high!

~Submitted by Jean Warren

A Kite - poem

I often sit and wish that I
Could be a kite up in the sky,
And ride upon the breeze and go
Whichever way I chanced to blow.

---Annonymous

Kite Friends

One little kite in the sky so blue.
Along came another, then there were two.
Two little kites flying high above me.
Along came another, then there were three.
Three little kites, just watch how they soar.
Along came another, then there were four.
Four little kites, so high and so alive.
Along came another, then there were five.
Five little kites dancing 'cross the sky.
What a sight to see, way up so high!

~Jean Warren

You can do the above poem on a flannel board. Cut a kite shape and 5 bow-tie shapes out of 5 different colors of felt and attach a yarn tail to each kite shape. Place the kite shapes on a flannelboard and put the bow shapes in a pile nearby. Have the children identify the colors of the bows and place them on the tails of the matching colored kites. For an extra challenge, number the bows 1-5 and have them attach them to the kite in order.


Arts & Crafts

Kites

Provide diamond shaped construction paper, string, hole punch, crepe paper, glue, glitter and markers. For older children, provide the paper with a diamond already traced. This provides them an opportunity to practice finger motor sills by cutting out shapes. Using the triangle shapes the children can create kites and use them outdoors.

Colorful Kites

Here's what you need:

Markers
Paper bag (long and slender)
Florist's wire
String
Child safety scissors
Tape

Here's what you do:

1.Use scissors to cut a small round hole in the bottom of the paper bag. Decorate the bag with brightly colored markers.
2.Form florist's wire into a circle larger than the hole in the bag. Tape ends of the wire together.
3.Attach three bridle strings to the wire circle; then tie them together in a knot.
4.Put wire loop into sack. Pull the bridle string out through the hole in the bag.
5.Attach the kite-flying string to the bridle-string knot.
6.Don't forget to review safe kite-flying rules, then go have fun! (An idea - talk about the story of Benjamin Franklin and his kite and how he discovered electricity.)

Sun Catcher Kites

2 pieces of wax paper (for each child)
2 pieces of heavy tagboard (for each child)
crayon shavings
iron
newspaper
towel
streamers
glue or glue stick
crayons or markers

Prior to this project have wax paper cut off the roll, approx. 5x6" (2 pieces for each child). Beforehand, also cut the tagboard into the shape of a kite, also cut out the middle of the kite ( 2 pieces for each child). Cut enough streamers out (1 for each child). Have the child color the tagboard using crayons or markers. Next have the child put crayon shavings onto 1 piece of wax paper. Then put other sheet of wax paper on top of the crayon shavings. With adult help, put newspapers on top of the wax paper and then a towel on top of that. Then with the iron, set at the lowest possible setting, iron the paper until the crayon shavings melt. It wil be VERY HOT. Use Caution. Then flip the 2 pieces of tagboard over, side by side, so that you see the side that was not colored. Put glue on the edges of 1 piece of tagboard, then put the melted wax paper crayon shavings on top of that. Next put the other piece of tagboard on that and trim the edges of the wax paper that are showing. Lastly the child can now glue a streamer on the bottom. Hang on a window in the sunshine!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Delightful Kites

Materials: 9 in. X 12 in. Art Paper, scraps of art paper in assorted colours, scissors and paste, pencil and eraser, ruler, crepe paper strips.

Procedure:
Fold and cut out kite shape. Use various colours of paper scraps to create spring kite designs. (flowers, butterflies, birds) Use crepe paper for tails.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Bag Kites

Give each child a small paper bag. Let the children decorate their bags with crayons or markers. Puch a hole on the top side of each bag near the opening and tie a piece of yarn through the hole. Take the kids outside and let them run around flying their kites.

~Submitted by Andrea

Kite Bookmarks

Cut two small kites the same size & have kids decorate. Cut yarn 10 inches & place one end between kites then glue together. Cut 4 small bows from fabric & glue two back to back with yarn between them. Let dry & you have a bookmark.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Kite Ideas

*Sponge print with diamond shapes onto paper.When dry draw or glue on yarn tails.
*Make a stencil using heavy cardboard & let the children trace around & design a kite.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Paper Plate Kite

Each child needs:
A 9" white paper plate
Markers or colors
A paper punch
Ribbon,yarn,or string
Streamers
Scissors

Give the children a paper plate & let them draw on the paper plate. Use a paper punch to make 4 holes 1/4 inch from the edge of the plate.Punch one hole at the top of the plate,one at the bottom,& one on each side. Measure 4 pieces of ribbon,string or yarn around 14 inches long each.Tie an end of one string through a hole with a tight knot.Repeat with the remaining strings,tying one string per hole.Tie the ends of 4 strings together above the front of the plate.Tie a 12 inch piece of yarn to this knot. Cut 4 streamers around 15 inches long each.Staple a streamer next to each hole in the plate.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Wind-Sock Kites

Collect plastic newspaper bags. Fold down the opening of the bag to make a 1 inch fold. Fold the bag down two more times & punch 3 evenly spaced holes around the folded area. Tie 12 inches length of string into each hole. Bring 3 together & tie a knot around their ends. Attach tissue paper or crepe paper streamers to the closed end. Decorate bag with stickers or cutouts. Now go fly a kite!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Lunch Bag Kites

You'll need a white lunch bag for each child. Fold down the top of each bag 3 inches, without tearing the corners. The children can decorate their bags with crayons, markers, stickers, etc. Cut four 6" lengths of string for each kite. Use a hole punch to make one hole in the four corners of the bag at the top. Cover with each hole with hole re-enforcers. Tie four lengths of the string to the corners of the bag. Tie the free ends of the strings together. Tie one 8 inch length of string to the knotted end of the group of four strings. The children fly their kites by holding the end of the string and running.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Kites

Blob painting--symmetrical shape with paint in the middle, open up--beautiful---for kite shape. For the tail of the kite use bow pasta noodles that have been colored. They are really cute!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Paper Bag Kite

Decorate a clean paper lunch bag. Use water colors, poster paints or markers. Add your favorite stickers or make your own. Cut four 16 inch streamers or ribbons. Glue or tape them to the bottom corners of the bag. For a handle cut a 20 inch length of string. Place the two ends of the string inside the bag, about 1 inch down from the edge of each of the side creases. Attach with masking tape. Now go outside and run with the kite against the wind. HAVE FUN!!!!

Simple Kite

A couple of weeks ago one of our 3 year olds asked us to make them a kite so we took a large sheet of paper and cut it into a kite shape then the children colored it and then they were given tape and taped their tiles (colored Yarn) to the end of their kites we helped the younger ones then they ran around the room flying their kites some of them took them outside at playtime be sure that they have their names on them The kids had a lot of fun and it was a really simple project.

~Submitted by Carolyn H

Another Simple Kite

I used tag boad and cut out a kite for them....let them color away....attach a string/yarn and run and dance with your kite...it was a big hit...for 2 year olds I tend to do simple crafts like this....

~Submitted by Cheryl S.....

Kite Mural

Give each child a kite shape that has been cut out of construction paper and folded in half lengthwise. Let the children unfold their shapes and use eye droppers to squeeze drops of tempera paint on one side fo their papers. Then have them refold their shapes and rub their hands gently across the tops. Let them open up their kite shapes to reveal the designs they have made. Tape pieces of yarn to the shapes for kite strings. Attach the kite shapes to blue butcher paper that has been hung on a wall or a bulletin board. If desired, fluff out several cotton balls and glue them on the butcher paper for clouds. Construction paper bird shapes can also be added to complete the mural.

Give each child a kite shape that has been cut out of construction paper and folded in half lengthwise. Let the children unfold their shapes and use eye droppers to squeeze drops of tempera paint on one side fo their papers. Then have them refold their shapes and rub their hands gently across the tops. Let them open up their kite shapes to reveal the designs they have made. Tape pieces of yarn to the shapes for kite strings. Attach the kite shapes to blue butcher paper that has been hung on a wall or a bulletin board. If desired, fluff out several cotton balls and glue them on the butcher paper for clouds. Construction paper bird shapes can also be added to complete the mural.

~Submitted by Madame Butterly


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