It is said the kite was invented in Asia. The exact date of its invention is not known but written historical accounts of the first kites being flown dates back more than two thousand years back in China. Since then, the various Asian civilisations and cultures in the surrounding region have adapted the invention, beautifying them and made it their own.

This creative design challenge is a fun activity to explore the art and beauty of the Asian kite specifically, the Malaysian Wau Bulan, the Balinese Bebean and the Thai Chula. Let's check them out!

Printable & Activity Objectives

Age: 6 to 9 year olds, Activity Time: 2-3 hours, Items Needed: Colouring pencils

In this activity, your child will cover some basic research about the history of the kite and how cultures in Southeast Asia have adapted them. She/He will also be able to put their own designs on 3 traditional Asian kites from Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand.

It will help your child or student:

  • Learn to appreciate the cultural significance and historic importance of traditional kite making and flying to the people of Southeast Asia.
  • Develop their artistic and design skills through the creation of their own unique designs on traditional Malaysian, Indonesian and Thai kites.

Let's start!

Classroom Resources

Simple steps to start:

  • Research and find out more about the history of kites in Asia. Here's an interesting video about the origins of kites in 5th century BC China:
  • Research more about traditional kites in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. Here's an interesting video about the different types of traditional kites in Malaysia as told by a visitor to a kite museum in Malaysia.

Here's a wonderful video about the kite festival held in Bali, Indonesia held in August:

Here's an article from Bangkok Post about a Thai kite festival where visitors go to learn about traditional kites from all regions in Thailand:

  • Get started on the printable worksheets!

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What's in the Printable Worksheet Pack

This printable pack consists of 3 printable design challenges. Each worksheet showcases a different type of traditional kite from the Southeast Asian countries of Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. Enjoy!

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