UP, UP, AND OOPS! (Episode P120b)
Emily Elizabeth, Nina and Shun decide to make their own kites for a special kite-flying day at the park. But when neither girls' kites will fly it looks like they won't be able to participate in kite flying day. In the end, Shun shares his special Japanese kite making materials with his friends and this act of sharing saves the day for all involved.
Ideas to Grow On: Share
By sharing cultural experiences through fun projects and literature, children can grow to appreciate the diversity that makes their world such an interesting place to live! The following activities nurture:
- understanding and appreciating diversity skills
- language and literacy skills
- critical thinking and problem solving skills
Help your child and a friend construct and fly a homemade kite! Staple 6 paper plates together in a triangular form (Top row-3, middle row 2, single on bottom). Reinforce string holes by placing clear packing tape on front and back of small area on each corner plate. Punch holes. Tie 3 yards of string from each corner, attach to metal ring. Use ring to tie into string on a roll. Kite tails can be made from crepe paper or scrap ribbon.
World of Kites!
After reading Kite Flying by Grace Lin (Random House Juvenile), encourage your child to discover the world of kites by joining a local kite flying organization or by visiting your local bookstore and hobby shop. Before flying a kite, identify hazards and safety issues that every kite flyer needs to know.
Magic Kite Wishes!
With a Group:
Long ago in China, kites were used to send messages to the gods. After reading Kites: Magic Wishes That Fly Up in the Sky by Demi (Crown Publishers), provide group with large balloons and permanent markers. Encourage children to write kind messages on balloons like Love One Another; Hug-A-Friend; Be Happy; Smile; Someone Loves You!