Spring time is a perfect time to have a kite theme. April is National Kite Month.
Kite Songs and Fingerplays
I Like Kites (Tune: Three 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!
My Kite (Tune: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star)
See my kite up in the sky
Flying past you, oh so high
With the wind, it moves so fast
Watch the clouds, moving past
See my kite up in the sky
Flying past you, oh so high!
I'm a Little Kite (Tune: I'm a Little Teapot)
I'm a little kite up in the sky.
See me flying, oh, so high.
When the wind begins to blow and blow,
I twirl and swirl, just watch me go.
Kite Art Activities
Use light blue construction paper and have the children use while paint to paint clouds (they could also glue cotton balls). Give children brightly colored scraps of paper cut into diamonds to use as kites to glue onto their sky. Add a piece of curled ribbon to the bottom of each kite.
Stained glass kites
Have the children glue brightly colored squares of tissue paper onto a piece of wax paper. Once complete, glue a second piece of waxed paper over the top. When dry, cut wax paper into a diamond shape and add a piece of curling ribbon for the tail. Hang from the ceiling or in front of a window to catch the light.
Blow Art kites
Provide each child with a construction paper kite. Drop a few drops of paint in the middle of the kite. Have children use a straw to blow the paint (like wind) to make designs. When dry, add string for a tail.
Kite Math and Science
Diamonds and Triangles
Talk about how many sides each shape has. Show that you can put two triangles together to make a diamond. Look around the room or school for things that are diamond-shaped. Ask children to look at their clothes to see if they have any diamond patterns.
Kite String Patterns
Give children paper kites with string. Have them add construction paper bows to the string in different patterns.
What makes a kite go
Talk about what is needed to make a kite fly (wind). Have kids blow kite shaped paper across a table, or use a fan to blow bigger kites.
Kite Motor Skills and Movement
Play "Let's Go Fly a Kite" from Mary Poppins and encourage children to move about like a kite. Show them how to stretch their arms, stand on toes, spin around, and lower to the ground as they pretend to be a kite.
Graham Cracker Kites
Frost half of a graham cracker. Rotate (turn) your graham cracker to look like a diamond. Place some red string licorice at the tip of the diamond. Decorate your kite using colored sugar, sprinkles, raisins, chocolate chips, etc.
Rice Krispie Kites
Click Here for High-Flying Kite Treat recipe
Read About Kites
- A Kite Day (A Bear and Mole Story) by Will Hillenbrand
- Curious George and the Kite by H. A. Rey
- The Kite by Mary Packard
- Kite Flying by Grace Lin
Other Kite Resources
- Easy Kite Making Instructions for Preschool Kids
- Preschool Kite Crafts for Souring Imaginations
- Kite - Coloring Pages