A week of holiday spent at the Imperial Yacht Club on the banks of the vlei in Lakeside was a thrilling experience for all of us – children, facilitators and parents. Even though it was the tail end of winter, the weather was perfect – warm, sunny and very windy. Our plan for the week was to build kites, learn how to sail and have a kite festival on Friday!
Making kites was enormously appealing for all the children attending the air holiday event. We started the process on Monday with the art space facilitator, Janet Ranson, teaching us how to make a small sled kite. By lunch time, colourful decorated kites were already whipping around in the afternoon currents of air!
On Tuesday the older children started working on much larger diamond kites in teams. It was a well received challenge – learning how to arrange, prepare, assemble and decorate the materials for the kite and its lovely long tail. Children worked in teams and took 2 to 3 days to collaboratively build kites for each other. Being able to spray paint their creations was a lot of fun and inspired some striking art 🙂 The fact that the kites flew really well and were amazing to watch was all part of the enjoyment. There were children outside flying their kites all week!
The younger group created different paper kites that turned out to be both beautiful and resilient in the strong gusty air! First they made gold fish kites and there was even a squid!
Next they made small aerodynamic paper kites…which some of the older children enjoyed making and flying too 🙂
In between all the kite making and flying, there was also a lot of activity in the art space! Children created wooden boats – a huge hit was not even dampened when there was no more wood to make new boats with 🙂
Children also made lots of beautiful things to hang in the wind…like mobiles that whirled and clanged 🙂
And of course we sailed and paddled and swam all week!
The week ended with a kite festival that involved playing games! There was the chocolate game…
Toss the bottle top…
Eating popcorn and drinking hot chocolate…
And flying kites of course!
It was a beautiful week of abundant activity but there was always time to simply sit and watch the ducks swim too 🙂