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Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Featured Early Years Foundation Stage; US Kindergarten
Featured UK Key Stage 1&2; US Grades 1-4
Featured UK Key Stage 3-5; US Grades 5-12
Featured UK Key Stage 1, US Grade 1 & 2
Featured UK Key Stage 2; US Grade 3 & 4
Featured UK Key Stages 3 & 4; US Grade 5-10
Featured UK Key Stage 4 & 5; US Grade 11 & 12
Making Maths: Go Fly a Kite
Take a sheet of A4 paper and fold one corner over to make a square.
Cut the spare rectangular piece around and around in a spiral, leaving it joined at the bottom of the kite, to make a tail.
Now fold a side flap to the right as shown. Then fold the small flap to left as shown.
Do the same folds to the other side. Opened out, it looks like this...
Cut a piece of strong sewing cotton (button thread) a bit longer than the width of the kite and tape it to the corners of each flap. Tie the rest of the reel of thread to the middle. Poke a pencil through the cotton-reel to make a kite reel that will kite pull unwind the thread it needs as the wind blows it up.
The kite should fly at about 45 degrees. If it's up too straight it means the tail is too heavy or too long. If the kite waggles about too much, try making the tail longer or heavier by putting a paper clip on it.
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The NRICH Project aims to enrich the mathematical experiences of all learners. To support this aim, members of the NRICH team work in a wide range of capacities, including providing professional development for teachers wishing to embed rich mathematical tasks into everyday classroom practice. More information on many of our other activities can be found here.
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