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Kite Activities and Wind Theme Art
Materials: Thin, wooden dowel rods (2 for each child); fabric in the shape of a kite or sturdy paper in the shape of a kite; tacky glue; string; markers (or fabric paint if using fabric) to decorate the kites.
In advance, prepare the dowel rods. Each child will need one full size rod and one that is cut in half (and sanded so that there are not sharp edges.)
In advance, prepare the paper or fabric into the correct sizes. The large dowel rod will need to fit on it.
Have the children decorate their fabric or paper.
The children help glue the dowel rods onto their kites. I place one vertically (the full size rod) and then other two a placed horizontally on either side of the full sized rod.
When dry, attach string to the full sized rod in the middle. (If you need to, hot glue the rods for extra durability).
NOTE: This is a several day project. If you want to finish is quicker, glue and hot glue the rods in place first. The children can then decorate around the rods and use the kites the same day.
Materials Needed: clothespins, white paint and blue paper
Paint a great cloudy scene!
EXTENSION: Add some gray paint for those windy, rainy days!
I know, this doesn't technically go with a Kite Activities theme, however--they fly and they're cool and the kids will love them!
Materials Needed: One fabric square for each child (12 inch square--like a bandanna size); Four 12 inch pieces of yarn or string; empty spool (one for each child) or other items that you can tie onto the bottom.
In advance, hole punch the 4 corners of the fabric. Have the children help to put one piece of yarn into each hole. Tie each piece of yarn.
Thread the 4 ends of the strings into the spool or item.
Go outside or into a large area and throw them into the air and watch the wind/air help them land!
Materials: paper, paint (watered down a little bit), plastic spoons, straws
Place spoonfuls of paint on the paper. The children use the straws to blow the paint around!
EXTENSION: Have the children cut the paper into kite shapes first. When done, glue straws on the kite to make the cross shape and then hang in your classroom.
Wind Painted Kites
Materials Needed: Construction paper cut into kite shapes, tempera paint, a windy day!
When outside, put a few drops of paint on the kite shapes and let the kids hold the papers up for the wind to move it around! When dried, add ribbon to the end for tails.
EXTENSION: Bring straws outside for the children to blow the paint on the kites. This can also be done inside!
Snack Ideas to Cook Up for Your Kite Activities and Wind Theme!
Cooking with children helps develop their math skills and helps them to learn how to follow directions. It also allows for some great conversation! Ask many questions while cooking with your children to encourage conversation! Be sure to ask specific Space theme questions while making these fun snacks!
Kite Activities and Wind Theme Large Group Games To Help Your Preschoolers Develop Their Muscles While They Have Fun Together!
Go Fly Some Kites!
For real! Invite families to go on a field trip to your school or local park for some kite flying and a picnic!
Parachute Play, of course!
Materials: We love to use different sized balls with the parachute! Remind the children that using the parachute is fun but also a listening game. When we yell FREEZE!, the children all need to freeze and stop shaking the parachute before we begin again.
Let the children get their shaking out of their systems before you start! Ready, set, SHAKE THE PARACHUTE! GREAT! Now, FREEZE!
Place a few balls on the parachute. Tell the children to listen to your story: Begin a wind story:
"One day, we went outside for a walk and there was a very light, calm breeze (begin moving parachute slowly up and down).
Keep adding to the story making the wind get stronger and stronger until it blows the balls off of the parachute.
Kite Activities and Wind Theme Ideas to Help Your Preschoolers Develop the Small Muscles in Their Hands and Their Math Skills!
As a variation to the above activity, make kites but do NOT cut them. Instead, add a tail to the bottoms of the kites. Program the kites with a number AND the corresponding number of dots. Pre make bow shapes from paper and the children place the appropriate number of bows on the kite tail to match the number on the kite!
Materials Needed: Strips of cardboard cut into about 1 inch by 18 inch pieces; crepe paper of different colors; scissors; tape
Let the children use the scissors to cut strips of paper and then tape them to their cardboard strips. Encourage them to create a pattern with them.
Examples, depending where your children are at with pattern recognition:
AB or ABB patterns work great (AB might = blue, red, blue, red; ABB might equal blue, red, red, blue, red, red).
When complete, staple ends together. Hole punch and hang wind socks using yarn or string.
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