Teaching the Kono Beetle Kite (Art Focus)

Level: Primary (K-2)
Grade from: 1
Grade to: 1
Length: Teacher Presentation: 30 minutes. Art/Decoration: 40 minutes - 1 hour. Kite Assembly: 40 minutes - 1 hour. Post Discussion: 20 minutes. Total: 130 - 170 minutes.


Students will create a collage on the kite sail using overlapping cut geometric and torn organic tissue shapes.

Curriculum Integration: 

Developed and tested in conjunction with a local school and a visual arts consultant, this lesson plan was designed to integrate Washington State visual arts learning standards with a kite making activity. With specific targets, criteria and instructions, this lesson creatively teaches art learning standards.

Art Criteria Met:

Identifies geometric shapes and organic shapes

Addresses principles of organization


Lesson Planning: Kono Beetle Kite Kit Lesson plan (PDF file)

Purchase Kite Kits: Kono Beetle Kite Kit (with paper pattern, spars, flying line & winder), per student

Materials You Supply: Scissors, Scotch tape, markers, pens, crayons, and/or watercolors, per student

View the lesson plan (PDF file) for detailed instructional strategies.

Related Past Projects: 
Kite Curriculum Project