Children's Kite Plans & Materials
Drachen Foundation offers a variety of kite kits for sale and download that are perfect for teaching children of all ages how to make and fly kites. Kites can help you teach great lessons about art, culture, history, science and math.
View kite kits and kite making materials in our online store!
To support kite making in the classroom, Drachen offers these simple paper kites for free download. You must have access to an 11x17-inch printer to print these kites (try a copy center). Be sure to choose 11x17-inch paper, and click "Choose Paper Source by PDF size" under "Paper Scaling" before you print to ensure the correct scale and orientation. No access? Draw-your-own instructions are available for some kites.
Note: Teachers, are you too busy to download or draw? Are you puzzled by cutting bamboo or finding winders? Each of these kites can be purchased in a very inexpensive kit ($1 per kite in 10-pack kits), complete with bamboo spars, kite lines, and winders. Click the link beneath the description of each kite to learn more.
This kite, designed by Canadian kite maker Robert Trepanier, is an example of the most basic type of kite, the flat kite. Several features make it a good choice for the K-12 classroom or for children's workshops. It has a large trapezoidal sail, with plenty of room for decoration. It flies well in a light breeze. Most important, the flying line attaches directly to the spars in the center of the vent (one-point bridle), which eliminates the need to adjust a bridle.
- Trepanier Trapezoid Kite Kit in our online store
- Download the Trepanier Trapezoid Kite (PDF)
- Download the Trepanier Trapezoid instructions (PDF)
- Trepanier Trapezoid Draw-Your-Own instructions (PDF)
- Teaching the Trepanier Trapezoid Primary (grades K-2) lesson
- Teaching the Trepanier Trapezoid Intermediate (grades 3-6) lesson
Kono Dihedral Diamond
This kite, designed by Seattle-based kite maker Greg Kono, is an example of another basic type of kite, the bowed kite. It offers teachers a simple way to demonstrate for students how dihedral helps to stabilize kite flight. Like the Trepanier Trapezoid (above), it flies well in a light breeze and uses a one-point bridle, eliminating the challenge of positioning and adjusting a multi-point bridle.
- Kono Dihedral Diamond Kite Kit in our online store
- Download the Kono Dihedral Diamond Kite (PDF)
- Download the Kono Dihedral Diamond instructions (PDF)
- Kono Dihedral Diamond Draw-Your-Own instructions (PDF)
- Teaching the Kono Dihedral Diamond lesson
This kite, designed by Seattle-based kite maker Greg Kono, is a third basic type of kite, the box kite, sometimes also called a cellular kite. Lawrence Hargrave built the first box kite in 1893. The design was immediately adopted for meteorological investigation and contributed to the worldwide quest for stable flight. In Kono's classroom version of the kite, rubber tubing connects the spars. The kite flies well in a moderate breeze and uses a one-point bridle.
- Kono Box Kite Kit in our online store
- Download the Kono Box Kite (PDF)
- Download the Kono Box Kite instructions (PDF)
- Teaching the Kono Box lesson
Robb Bug Kite
Susan Robb’s sculptures and built environments transform common objects into ideological hybrids of flesh, nature, and technology. Robb's bug kite kit is a delightful way to use everyday materials such as chopsticks and a plastic bag, yet can transform the sky into a swarm of colorful 'bugs' in an afternoon. We recommend using the types of bags found at gift stores and not those found in supermarkets with the loop handles.