This fantastic activity can be used in camps, after school programs, art classes, science classes, math classes… It’s amazing, fun, versatile and costs almost nothing.
This miniature kite will fly INDOORS on a short length of thread or outdoors on a miniature spool of thread up to 25 yards away!
It is simple enough that a 6 year old can make it with a little help and interesting enough that my AP Physics students enjoy creating one. In fact, they liked it so much that they each made 5 and we took the collection to a local day care center and celebrated the end of the AP exam by playing with the younger children and showing them how to fly them.
When you’ve done this once, you’ll have left over materials. Create a kite building kit in a shoe box that you can take out on a whim. I like to build these in physics on one of those difficult days when I only meet with SOME of my classes. Then those students talk it up and the classes that didn’t get to make them just wait for an opportunity to do so.
The kites cost less than a dime apiece to construct and often inspire students to build more complex miniature kites. Who cold ask for more?
This file has 14 pages! You get:
• Teacher guide
• Supply list
• Kite pattern
• 2 versions of the student handout
• Trouble shooting guide
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