April Parent Zone

Parent Zone April 2010

Let’s Go Fly a Kite

If you’re normal, you’re probably getting a bit stir-crazy after such a long winter.  What better way to celebrate the arrival of spring than by making and flying kites in the great outdoors with your kids?

You could even use the opportunity to share a teaching moment.  You can explore the history of kites, experiment with different shapes and sizes of kites, test how different wind speeds affect flight, or learn about how kites were used in experiments featuring weather and aerodynamics.

Kite flying is a great family activity that, in addition to being fun, is a natural gateway into science and history.  Take time to share in some good old fashioned fun with your kids, and enjoy the beautiful spring weather while getting some much needed exercise while you’re at it.

Other Links to Explore

Kites for Kids: Play & Share:

Wind Power Sports

Kite Investigation:

Dragonfly TV

Kite Science:

Go Fly a Kite

Make Nifty Handmade Kites with Your Kids:

Instead of TV

National Kite Month:

National Kite Month

The Kite Makers of Haiti:

New York Times


Super Duck by Jez Alborough

The Best Winds by Laura E. Williams

Bear and Kite by Cliff Wright

A Carp for Kimiko by Virginia Kroll

Catch the Wind! By Gail Gibbons

Hamlet and the Enormous Chinese Dragon Kite by Brain Lies

Kite Flying by Grace Lin

Let’s Fly a Kite by Stuart J. Murphy

Lucky Song by Vera B. Williams

The Most Beautiful Kite in the World by Andrea Spalding


I See the Wind
I see the wind when the leaves dance by, (dance hands around)
I see the wind when the clothes wave “Hi!” (wave hand)
I see the wind when the trees bend low, (bend arms over and down)
I see the wind when the flags all blow. (wave arms high)

I see the wind when the kites fly high, (raise arms high)
I see the wind when the clouds float by. (gently wave hands)
I see the wind when it blows my hair, (lift hair with hands)
I see the wind ‘most everywhere! (hold hands out, palms up)

My Kite (to the tune: “The Farmer and the Dell”)
My kite is up so high,
My kite is up so high.
Oh my, just watch it fly,
My kite is up so high

My kite is falling down,
My kite is falling down.
Oh no, it’s down so low,
My kite is falling down.

The wind has caught my kite,
The wind has caught my kite.
What fun, I’m on the run,
The wind has caught my kite.

My kite is up so high,
My kite is up so high.
Oh my, just watch it fly,
My kite is up so high.

I Like Kites (to the tune: “Three Blind Mice”)
I like kites, I like kites.
They fly high, they fly high.
They keep on spinning round and round,
Sometimes they even touch the ground,
They fly through the air without a sound.
Oh, I like kites!

Craft of the Month:  Native American Journey Sticks

Native American Journey Stick

North American Indians used to keep a record of their journeys by collecting bits and pieces along the way.  They attached these reminders to a stick as they went along.  They could then tell other tribe members how to make the same journey by showing them the trail stick.

Native Americans also held a decorated stick or feather when they were telling a story or talking during a meeting.

Collect some driftwood and large sticks from your lawn.  Paint designs on the stick with tempera or acrylic.  Decorate the stick with feathers, beads, shells, leaves.  Tie on the items with string or leather strips.  Add items to the stick as you find them on your nature walks.

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