Kids love to fly kites during the summer. But little do they know, they’re not just having fun, they’re learning plenty of life lessons flying a kite, too!
As she ran down the street for the third time, it finally took flight, soaring high above her little body. The four-year-old turned around and squealed with delight. Her kite was finally in the air!
Kites are a time-honored tradition for spring and summer afternoons. There’s just something so majestic about seeing that flimsy strip of fabric (or plastic) fly majestically against a bright blue sky as if it belongs up there with the birds. It’s no wonder my kids included making and flying a kite in their list of kid-approved summer activities.
Ash and Eileen from Just Measuring Up are sharing today their plans and experience for making a box kite to fly with their 2-year-old son. This is an activity that they can all enjoy for years to come, that is not just full of fun, but is full of life lessons as well!
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5 Lessons Learned from Flying a Kite
- Math. For the littlest ones, kite making reinforces counting, colors, and shapes. As the kids get older, you can introduce basic math concepts like addition and subtraction. And eventually, you can use kite making to teach basic geometry.
- Physics. How does a kite work? How high can you get the kite to go? Why do you need a windy day to fly a kite? These are all questions that kids ask which can be a great segue into simple physics lessons.
- Teamwork. If you’re making and flying a kite with a little one, they will need to learn how to work together with you and siblings to complete the project. They get to practice taking turns and following directions. (and what kid couldn’t use more practice with that!?)
- Perserverence. Getting a kite to take flight is far more challenging than it seems! And it’s so easy to just take that string and do it for your child. Instead, keep encouraging your child to try over and over again. Let them learn the satisfaction of hard work!
- Quiet. Okay, so your child may not be very quiet while flying a kite, but I bet there will be a quiet moment or two during your outing. Take the opportunity to reinforce how wonderful a quiet sunny day is.
Now it’s Your Turn…
Flying a kite with your child is more than just making memories. With just a couple weeks left this summer, head on over to Just Measuring Up to get instructions for making a box kite and then take some time with your child to secretly teach them these important lessons learned from flying a kite.
Here’s a little bit more about Ash and Eileen:
What was your favorite subject in school?
Oddly enough, I enjoyed math even though I later became a reading teacher. I like figuring out problems – and the fact that you could check your answer.
Would you rather have a margarita or a pina colada?
Neither ☺ I would go for some fresh fruit or freshly juiced fruit.
Each of my Spectacular Summer co-hosts is sharing a little bit more about Ash and Eileen on their blogs, too. So don’t forget to hop around and see what else they have to say.
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