Making your own kite for the first time requires patience. Try building a kite yourself before facilitating this activity. You will then understand the instructions and be able to anticipate challenges the participants may have with making the kite.
Homemade kites can look like this:
These are only a couple of examples – you can make a kite in different shapes, sizes, colours, and designs.
Preparing for the activity
Since a lot of materials are required, it is important you are well prepared for this activity:
• Find a suitable room, preferably with tables and chairs.
• Always make sure that you have all of the materials needed – enough for each participant to make their own kite.
• Lay out the materials so they are easily accessible to the participants.
• Invite participants to bring extra decorations to add to the kite.
1. Ask the participants to form a circle and introduce the aim of the activity by saying:
“Today we are going to build and fly kites. We are going to divide into small groups of two to three people. In your groups you will have to decide what kite you would like to build and how to decorate it. The materials that we will be using are on the table. You are welcome to add your own decorations as well. The workshop will take about two hours. Please feel free to ask for my help at any time.”
2. Make sure that participants work in groups of at least two people. Flying a kite is always easier when there are at least two people involved. Working together encourages creativity and cooperation.
3. Show the participants the handouts with different types of kites, and ask them to agree on what kind of kite they want to build.
4. Ask them make a sketch of the kite:
a. What shape will it be?
b. How big will it be?
c. What materials are you going to use to build it?
d. What materials will you need to decorate it?
5. Encourage the participants to be as creative as possible, using their imaginations and inspiring each other.
6. Kite building
Show the participants how to build the simple kite (as shown on the instruction sheet below), but encourage them to try more creative styles. When they start building their kites, walk around the room observing and offering help as needed.
7. Kite flying
When the kites are ready, prepare participants for flying them. Explain that it can be very difficult to fly a kite. You need to choose a good spot to fly them. Keep them well away from roads, power lines or airports. Good locations are fields, parks and beaches. The more open space you have, the more fun it is flying a kite.
Explain that you need a breeze to fly your kite. It is not possible to fly a kite with no wind.
8. You can find the right technique to get the kite flying here:
9. After flying their kites, ask the participants to sit in a circle and reflect on the kite-building experience. You can use some of the questions below to guide the reflection:
• What was it like working together to build a kite?
• How did you share ideas?
• How did you agree on how what the kite should look like and how it should be built?
• How did you need to work together to get it to fly?
• How did you decide who was going to run and who would hold the kite string?
10. End the activity by thanking the participants for their effort and patience, and saying
“Creating something together as a group is a positive experience. It can help to reduce feelings of stress, and is a good way of learning cooperation and collaboration skills.”