Making a Kite
Teach your students about perseverance with this kite-making art activity. When Frog and Toad set out to fly a kite in "The Kite" from Days With Frog and Toad, it ends up being harder than they thought it would be. They keep trying even though the robins, who are watching, laugh and tell them that their kite will never fly and are eventually successful.
- Large pieces of paper shaped like kites
- Tissue paper or fabric scraps
- Glue or tape
- Markers and crayons
After reading the story, discuss how Frog and Toad didn't quit when their kite wouldn't fly. Talk about perseverance and how sometimes you have to try over and over again to learn to do something. Ask the children if they can think of something that was hard at first, but that they learned to do with practice.
Next, give each child a large kite and ask him to draw a picture of something that he worked hard to learn to do on it. You might also have the children write a few sentences about what they drew under the pictures.
Give each child a piece of yarn to attach to the kite and then show them how to twist pieces of tissue paper together in the middle to make the ties for the kite. Glue or tape the bows to the yarn.
When the kites are finished, let the children glue them to larger sheets of color paper to display them or hang them from the ceiling.