Time to Fly a Kite
The sun is still shining and everyone wants to be outside while the weather is nice. This is the perfect time to explore activities that may be new and different for a lot of students. Kites are fun to make as a “craftivity” and can be tied to goals for students in sessions. In addition to this, kites can be purchased for a group session which works on teamwork and social skills.
Kite Construction Options
There are a lot of different tutorials out there for making a kite. Some are simple and only require a few items to make. Others are more complex and would be a great team building project for older students in a social skills group. When time is limited, Pink Stripey Socks has a post on how to make a simple paper kite. You will need printer paper, scissors, lightweight string, tape, crafting stick, markers, hole punch, stapler, and ruler. Follow the step by step directions with your group to make your own simple paper kites.
“About a Mom” shares a more traditional kite tutorial. How to Make a Kite shares step by step instructions on how to make a kite that may be better for kids who are nine and older. The supplies needed for this kite include craft tube, craft paint/brushes, ribbon, glue stick, scissors, lightweight craft paper (easel paper is perfect), small handsaw (to cut dowel) twine, ¼ inch round wooden dowel (36 inches). The step by step directions are easy enough to follow in small groups with older children and will really show how kites are made.
No time to make a kite? Don’t let time stop you from being able to go out and fly a kit. Head to the bargain stores and look for some cheaper plastic kites. While they may not be the best quality, they are perfect to take outside for a fun afternoon session with the blue skies and wind.
Let’s Go Fly a Kite
Once you have made or purchased kites, set a time to go outside to fly them. Make it into a fun activity with a little friendly competition. If there is no wind outside, the kids will be able to generate their own by running around to lift the kite into the air. See who is able to get their kite to stay up in the air the longest. Perhaps some kids will see which kite can go the highest into the air.
Explore different ways to make the kite move in the sky. Problem-solving as a group is a great way to extend this activity. Is the group able to figure out what direction the wind is blowing with their kite? Talk together to see what everyone has learned at the end. Think of ways which you may be able to improve the kites. Perhaps a different material, like a plastic bag, or maybe another location with more open space is needed.
When finished with the kites, therapists can send them home for families to enjoy. Include extra instructions on how to make one in case others in the family want to join in. Be sure to include translations for multilingual families to participate.