Education Resource List

Lesson Plans

Kites in the Classroom - English version (in PDF)

Kites in the Classroom - Spanish Version (in PDF)

Education World - Kite Lesson

Kites as an educational tool

The names of the parts of a kite

Kites Thematic Unit, Grades 4-6

Kite Lessons, Grades K-8

How to fly a kite

Classroom lessons



Build a Kite, Workshops

Kite Workshop Handbook (print version)

Kite Workshop Handbook (eBook version)

Kite workshop products

Kite plans

Kite building

20 Kids - 20 Kites - 20 Minutes (has a video of a paper kite that can be made with a drinking straw)

Kite kits

Kite kits

Kites in the Sky

Bridge Kite Shop for kits

Book for teachers with kite plans (in PDF)

Spanish Version (in PDF)

Kite Workshop DVDs

Kite-making retreats:

Fort Worden Kitemakers RetreatOregon Kitemakers RetreatJunction Kitemakers RetreatMaryland MAKR

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

Making kites from recycled materials



How to Fly a Kite

Free book with the details of buying, setting up, flying (in PDF)

How to fly a kite

Professor Kites Flying Tips

Kite Flying 101

Kite launch and flight

Dual-line basics

Dual-line skills

Dual-line kite tricks

Quad-line kite tricks



History of Kites

Kites go to school

Kite history and photo gallery

Kite history from National Kite Month

Kite history timeline

World Kite Museum



Science and Math

Kite Physics book

Why does a kite fly?

The principles of aeronautics

Wind in the atmosphere

The forces on a kite

Lift is debated

Newton's First Law applied to kites

Kite Math

Interactive kite modeler




Names for kites around the world

The word "kite" in many languages




Artistic kites


Kite Aerial Photography

Kite Aerial Photographs



Geography and Culture

Kites from around the world

Names for kites worldwide

Best Kite Festivals Worldwide




Kite Festivals on DVD

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.

Activity TV kite videos

KiteLife Video Archives



More Kite Resources

AKA Rule Books, Manuals, Safety Guidelines, Pamphlets

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.

Kite safety

Styles of kites

Knots for kites

National Kite Month (Every April)

Kite stores - where to buy a kite

Curious George kite - a PDF File from PBS

Miniature Kites

Kites Go To School

Kite Links from Kennesaw State University

Kite Crew in Australia

Colorful Aircraft Kites




The American Kitefliers Association (AKA)

The Drachen Foundation




Kiting magazine (with back issues) (Where?)

Kitelife magazine (with back issues)

Kite Lines magazine (back issues)

Drachen Articles

Drachen Newsletter

Stunt Kite Quarterly



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

Other kite games



People to Contact

For regional leaders of kite workshops, go to AKA then click on "Table of Contents" then "Regional Resources"

Kite workshop teachers

Clubs by Region

Kite Talk forum

Kites in the Classroom

Where Fun and Education Meet

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