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Keeping Kites Flying

Episode:115Te Papa Collection:Taonga Māori

Suggested curriculum levels:3 – 5

Curriculum connections:English: Listening, Reading, and Viewing, Social Sciences: Identity, Culture, and Organisation

Description:Have you ever flown a kite? Did you know that kites have been flown for centuries, in cultures all around the world? Māori made kites for several purposes, and Te Papa has two of only seven examples of traditional Māori kites in the world.

Questions for students

  1. Actual examples of traditional Māori kites are 'exceptionally rare'. Why is this?
  2. What materials are Māori kites made from? What attributes do most kite-making materials share?
  3. What do you think the curator means when she says the kites have important links for Māori to the past, the present and the future?
  4. Kites were made for a variety of purposes. What kinds of kites have you used, seen or read about? Use the 'Connections and conclusions' response template to explore your knowledge of kites. What conclusions can you draw about kites around the world?
  5. Design, build and fly a kite. Use a traditional design, or make up your own. Trial different materials and designs to find the kind of kite that you could pass on to your descendants one day.

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Connections and conclusions