Kites for Schools: A brilliant multicultural day

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What activity is part of almost every culture on Earth?Kites come in different shapes, sizes and colours, but they all fly in the same sky. This is a fantastic starting point for seeking similarities and not differences.

Chinese kites are beautiful, brightly coloured, silk butterflies and birds. India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and other parts of the Middle East take great pride in fighter kites, which fly so high in the sky you can hardly see them.

Vietnam, and a lot of South East Asia, has traditional leaf-shaped kites with flutes or hummers that make sounds that can be heard for miles (to warn of enemies coming).

Indonesia has kites for fishing – to carry the fishing line way out to sea to catch big fish. Japan has kites that are huge and need teams of more than 10 people to fly them and others to bang drums with a rhythm that keeps the team working together.

European kites are now very high-tech and often have two or four lines so they can be steered very accurately.

Flying kites is the perfect way to share cultures.

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