Image: Palestinian Children Break World Record for Kite Flying by United Nations Photo on Flickr

We have selected these online resources to support you when you need information relating to the types and history of kites, their design and construction, and how kites fly. SCIS 1525149

See also: Flight.

Digital NZ
This site provides access to thousands of pictures, video, sounds and objects from New Zealand museums, libraries, galleries, archives and private institutions. To discover sets and items use the search term Kites.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary
The Drachen Foundation is a non-profit educational corporation, devoted to the dissemination of knowledge about kites worldwide. Site contains kite information and kite making resources.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary


In this kite activity on the Science Learning Hub site, students will learn about kite history, how kites fly, then construct and fly a kite themselves.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate

Kite History

Comprehensive site on the history of kites with an American focus.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

You can find information on the school work site ManyAnswers by searching for the term kite.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

NASA's Complete Guide to Kites

Presents a comprehensive list of kite topics. Clicking on a heading title will deliver a page with a slide and a scientific explanation of the contents.

Suggested level: secondary

Te Ara New Zealand Online Encyclopedia
Presents information on Te Manu Tukutuku, the Māori kite.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate

Te Manu Tukutuku the Māori kite

Resource and links on Māori kites known as manu tukutuku or manu aute. Manu is the word for bird and kite, and tukutuku refers to the winding out of the line as the kite climbs.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

Britannica Online School Edition provides a range of information and articles on kites including types and history and flying. School login (username and password) is required.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary


Have you thought about using fiction with your class to support your topic? The following are some suggestions for your students (and you!) to read and enjoy.

The kite princess, by Juliet Clare Bell, 2012 (picture book)    
The koroua and mauri stone, by Robyn Kahukiwa, 1994 (picture book)
Night sky dragons, by Mal Peet, 2014 (picture book)


Keeping kites flying. Tales from Te Papa episode 115. Youtube. 2.55

DiY How to make a kite out of a plastic shopping bag. devineDiY. Youtube. 5.48