Education Resource List
Kites in the Classroom - English version (in PDF)
Kites in the Classroom - Spanish Version (in PDF)
The names of the parts of a kite
Activities for Students
- Build a kite and test it - students are given materials and a plan
Track the wind - track direction and wind speed each day at the same hour
Study motion - roll, pitch, and yaw
Study drag - as related to kites and flight
Study lift - how do kites generate lift?
Stability - What are 3 methods that kites use for stability?
What is meant by "sail loading"?
Fly a kite with and without tails
Move the tow point on the bridle higher and lower. How does it affect flight?
How does adding weight to the kite affect flight?
Artistic decoration - kites can be a canvas for the most beautiful artwork
Hold a kite festival - the students bring kites from home to fly at a given time
Kite parade - students walk while their kites fly. Kites can be held by their bridles or attached to poles
Kite contest for altitude - students must unspool the line quickly. The one that reaches the end of the line in the shortest time wins!
Smallest kite contest - student's kites must fly on 10' of sewing thread. Smallest wins. Kite tails are ignored.
Teams build kites - students attach multiple kites to the same line to create a kite train
Dual line lessons - students learn to fly a 2-line stunt kite
Quad line lessons - students learn to fly a 4-line stunt kite
Junkyard wars - students build a kite from only the scrap materials that are supplied by the instructor. It must fly when it's done!
Candy drop - the teachers kite is used to lift a bag of candy then drop the candy from above
Racing with the Bols - students race into the wind pulling 6' parachutes behind them
How to build a kite and lead a workshop
Kite Workshop Handbook (print version)
Kite Workshop Handbook (eBook version)
20 Kids - 20 Kites - 20 Minutes (has a video of a paper kite that can be made with a drinking straw)
Book for teachers with kite plans (in PDF)
Building Free and Recycled Kites with 12 plans
Making kites from recycled materials
Fort Worden Kitemakers Retreat
How to Fly a Kite
Free book with the details of buying, setting up, flying (in PDF)
History of Kites
Kite history from National Kite Month
Science and Math
Newton's First Law applied to kites
Names for kites around the world
The word "kite" in many languages
Geography and Culture
More Kite Resources
National Kite Month (Every April)
Kite stores - where to buy a kite
Curious George kite - a PDF File from PBS
Kite Links from Kennesaw State University
The American Kitefliers Association (AKA)
Kiting magazine (with back issues)
Kitelife magazine (with back issues)
Kite Lines magazine (back issues)
People to Contact
AKA Resources TBD