International Kite Day is held on January 14th, 2023. The following provides a list of activities and free printables that can be implemented into the curriculum for children.
About International Kite Day
International Kite Day originated in India, in the state of Gujarat. The kite festival, called Uttarayan in Hindi, celebrates the day that winter ends and summer begins, as well as the upcoming harvest season.
The symbolism of this festival is to show the awakening of the gods from their deep sleep. Throughout India's history, it is said that India created the tradition of kite flying due to the kings and royals, later followed by nawabs, who found the sport entertaining, and a way to display their skills and power. Over time, as the sport became popular, it began to reach the masses. Kite flying has been a regional event in Gujarat for several years. However, the first international festival was celebrated in 1989 when people from all across the globe participated and showcased their innovative kites.
Activity Ideas For Children
Kites Posters provide images of different kites that can be flown from around the world. These can be used as a discussion point with children of what a kite may look like, kite designs and more.
Free Kites Colouring Pages
Kite Colouring Pages enable children to colour and design their own kites. This can be used as part of an art experience where children can colour, collage, cut, paint and design their very own kites!
Kite Letter Matching enables children to recognise the letter of the alphabet and match them together with the corresponding kite. Letter recognition is important because it enables beginning readers to figure out how printed text is associated with spoken language.
Kite And Cloud Number Match help children to recognise numbers 1 to 10. Number recognition is important for children because it promotes confidence and encourages flexible thinking. It allows children to create a relationship with numbers and be able to talk about math as a language.
Kite Shapes Match enables children to match the correct shape to the matching kite. Visual memory and discrimination involve identifying patterns of relationships and similarities and differences that help children to learn about early representation and problem-solving. Matching and sorting activities can also be good for developing fine motor skills.
Kite Colour Matching enables children to match the correct colour kite to the corresponding kite flyer. Colour matching helps build the visual perception and thinking skills.
Children can generally sort into colours before they can identify the name of the colours. Learning to categorise and classify also helps memory skills.
Kite Tracing Lines enable children to trace over a variety of different lines in different directions. This will help children in the development of their pre-writing skills. As a child practice tracing over these lines through copying and tracing this will give them the confidence and ability to write letters and numbers correctly.
International Kite Festival in Gujarat – Uttarayan, Wikipedia