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To help students develop their knowledge of traditional cultural designs, patterns and styles the class could visit a local art gallery. During the visit students could speak to professional artits and other experts which would broaden their knowledge understanding.

For this activity students will be encouraged to 'wear' their yellow hats. By doing so, they will think about the benifits of their actions. Why did they paint their kite that way? What are the benifits to their design and art? The yellow hat encourages students to think positively about their work and how they went about achieving their goal.
Designing and Painting your own kite

  • Ask students who has flown a kite? What sort of kite did they fly? Have they ever built their own kite? What are the best weather conditions for kite flying?
  • Show an example of a kite, how does it work? What are the most important parts?

You will need:
  • Plastic bags
  • 25cm bamboo skewers (4 per kite)
  • 5cm of plastic tube per kite
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Tape
  • Twist ties with the plastic removed
  • Fishing line
  • Plastic for streamers (optional)
  • Small piece of smooth wood or a similar tube shaped object to attach the line to

  • Cut out a plastic kite shape using the scissors and lay it flat on the table.
  • Use marker pens to draw a design on your kite and add color.
  • Take a piece of the plastic tubing and bend slightly before gently stretching it a little.
  • Now take the four bamboo skewers (2 long and 2 short) and sand the ends of them (this is so they will not poke through the plastic).
  • Take two of the long skewers and tape the two pointy ends together. This will form the backbone of your kite.
  • Take the piece of the plastic tubing and using the twist tie, attach it to the center of one of the two joined skewers.
  • With a pair of pliers tighten the wire around the skewer gently.
  • When you've finished head outside and test it out [1]
  • Students will then spend time painting their kite, using an array of colour and patterns.

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