Are you looking for a simple and inexpensive craft to do with your child? Here is the perfect craft for the windy days of March. Making a kite has never been so simple. Below you will find the directions to make the simple kite craft as well as some ideas to incorporate language skills.
4. Small objects such as foam shapes or foam letters
1. Have your child chose a color paper. Then help him cut it into a square shape. Now turn the square so it looks like a diamond (kite shape)
2. Let your child chose objects to glue onto the kite, such as shapes or letters to spell their name. You can get creative and try to glue on other items such as pom poms or use some glitter.
3. Last, help your child attach a string to the bottom of the kite. You can even add some bows to it.
And there you have it….a super simple kite craft!
How to incorporate language skills
Expanding utterances- Stay in control of the craft. Hold onto the construction paper and have your child request for the color they would like (i.e. “I want green”). When it comes time to start to glue on the objects, have your child request for everything (i.e. “I want a heart”, “I need glue”). If your child uses one or two-word utterances, then provide them with a longer model. You can even have the child request by expressing the color and the shape of the object, such as “I want the orange heart”.
Eye contact- Remind your child to look at you when requesting for objects. If your child is having difficulty with this, try to hold the objects by your face to promote eye contact.
Following directions- You can provide your child directions of items you want them to glue onto the kite. For example, you can ask your child to glue on a blue circle or glue on the orange heart then the blue circle (2-steps).
Answering questions- After you and your child complete the craft, follow up by asking him some appropriate questions. You can ask him simple questions, such as “What color is your kite?” or “What shapes are on your kite?”. You can try also to ask some more difficult questions, such as “Where can you fly a kite?” or “When do you fly a kite?”. If your child has difficulty answering questions, provide him with options to chose from.
Do you have any favorite March crafts? Please let me know!