Education Resource List
Build a Kite, Workshops
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)
For AKA kite plans go to AKA then click on "Table of Contents," then "Publications," then "Kite Plans."
Building Free and Recycled Kites with 12 plans
How to Fly a Kite
History of Kites
Science and Math
Geography and Culture
Kite Workshop VHS Video - This 45 minute tape is available for $10 from the AKA. Call (800)252-2550. The video shows how to run
a sled kite workshop.
More Kite Resources
For periodic newsletters from the AKA, go to AKA then click on "Table of Contents" then click on "Become an E-Affiliate." These newsletters contain useful information about kiting and the AKA. They're free, you don't have to be a member and they're designed for students.
Activities for Students
Build a kite - the students are given materials and a plan
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
People to Contact
For regional leaders of kite workshops, go to AKA then click on "Table of Contents" then "Regional Resources"