What to do with this activity?
You can buy inexpensive kites in toy shops - choose a simple one to start you off. Wait for a dry day with a gentle breeze blowing. Find a wide open space, away from trees and from overhead wires (that are potentially dangerous).
Show your child how to stand with the wind hitting their back, and to hold the kite high in front of them (or you could hold it up for them). Then they can gradually release more and more string as the wind takes hold of the kite. Give the string a tug every now and then to keep it high.
Apart from being fun and satisfying, there are benefits to flying a kite together.
1) It's great outdoor play and exercise.
2) It leads to a greater awareness of nature - weather and wind direction, for instance, and looking at how birds fly.
3) It's an enjoyable family and social activity.
4) It encourages concentration and focus while learning a new skill.
Your child might like to make their own kite. Follow wikiHow's step-by-step instructions on "How to make a diamond kite". There's a short video for each action. Be creative, and make it as colourful as you like.
Why am I doing this?
Pretend games help your child to develop their language skills and practise things they have seen and heard. Games and activities that build concentration and thinking skills are great for your child. They build skills such as being able to see patterns, being able to group things together and using numbers. Being able to join in games and working with you or other people on a project, is a life skill used every day and a way many people learn.
How can I do more?
Encourage your child to tell you about games they play – with other children, at school or on the computer. Get them to explain the rules of the game to you. Imaginative play is important too so encourage your child in any creative play they are engaged in.
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