The wet chalk kite crafts are a fun activity to do indoors or outside! The kites make a great craft to display, but the bow activities will also enhance early math and literacy skills.
Wet Chalk Kites
Materials needed: One square piece of paper for each child, chalk (drawing chalk works best for this activity, but sidewalk chalk can be used), any color of Wikki Stix, and small cups (for water).
Invite the children use the Wikki Stix to make any design desired on the white paper (if you do not have Wikki Stix at home, painter’s tape will work to make chalk resist kites also). The children should choose several colors of chalk to use on each of the sections of the kite.
The children can then dip the chalk into the cups of water (the water will make the colors brilliant). The children can color each of the sections as desired. The Wikki Stix will keep each colored section of the kites separated.
When finished coloring each section, the children can remove the Wikki Stix and allow the kites to thoroughly dry.
When the chalk kites have dried, the children can make kite strings by attaching a long strand of Wikki Stix to the bottom of the kite.
Learning Activities to Accompany the Kite Crafts
Bows Template – Kite Bow Template
The Kite Bows file (linked above) can be used in many ways to enhance learning with young children when combined with the wet chalk kite crafts above.
HINT: Laminate the kites after drying and use a dry erase marker for some of the learning game suggestions below. The bows can also be laminated for use with the different games, too.
CVC Words – print the bows file and label each bow with different vowels. Label one of the kites with two letters (for ex: C _ t). The children must then find a bow that could be used to make a word. In this example, the children would find a bow labeled with the letter “a” to make the word Cat. **The bows will adhere to the Wikki Stix kite “string” so no glue will be necessary (Yarn or String will work for the kite tails, but the children will need to tape the bows to the string).
Sight Words – label the kites and bows with any sight words the children have had introduced. Place all the bows face down on a table or the floor and have the children find the bows that match the words on each of the kites. We have also used the kites for word families (see -ar word family kite pictured below).
Names – invite the children write or stamp the bows with the letters that make up their names and place the letters in the correct order on the kites tails.
Patterning – label each of the kites with a pattern the children have had introduced: AB, ABC, AABB, etc. The children can then use the different colors of bows to create patterns on the Wikki Stix kite strings.
Numbers – label the kites with different numbers the children are working on. The children must place the number of bows on the kite string that corresponds to the number on the kite. Addition/Subtraction: label the kites with a simple addition or subtraction problem. The bows should be labeled with the sum to the problem.
Letter Recognition: label the kites with an uppercase letter(s) and the bows with a lowercase letter(s). The children must find the matching letters and place them on the kite string.
Color Recognition: print two copies of the bows and place 2 or 3 colored bows on one of the kites. The children must find the matching colored bows and place them on the kite string. For older children, label the kites with a color WORD and have the children place the corresponding bow on the kite string.
Additional Crafting – the kite bow file also contains an additional paper bow template. Our older kids used the template with Wikki Stix to make paper bows.
We hope your kids enjoy the kite craft and the kite bow extension games this spring! If you have additional suggestions for games, please leave us a comment below to share with others!
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