# Master the Kite Shape from recognition to construction. The Kite Shape is usually introduced to your child in Kindergarten or First Grade.  When this shape is introduced it usually coincides with the introduction of the rhombus. The reason for this is due to the similarities of the two.

The seven steps detailed bellow take you from basic identification all the way through to taking a detailed look at the theorems involving the kite.

These steps also include 'pit stops' to complete fun geometry projects and coloring sheets.

These are nice 'breathers' on the learning curve, but they are excellent ways of reinforcing the new knowledge in ways that your kid can get a real life, hands on approach to understanding the basic geometry concepts included.

Okay, so let's get started ... ## Identify - How do we know what we look at is a Kite?

First and fore most it is a quadrilateral  which is a 4 sided plane shape.

• It has 4 lines
• It is composed of two pairs of lines equal in length.
• The opposite Angles formed at the intersection of DIFFERENT length lines are equal in size.

The angle formed by lines connecting OPPOSITE angles will always be 90 degrees. ## Calculate Area & Perimeter of a Kite The Area of this shape is calculated by multiplying the lengths of its diagonals and dividing by two.

If your child has problems understanding the concept of Area, I recommend working second grade 'grid method' worksheets first, and then move on to fourth grade worksheets using numbers and finally word problems. The Perimeter of ANY shape is simply the sum total of all the lengths of the shape.

The perimeter of a kite is the sum of its length.

However, adjacent sides are the same length, the formula is simplified to reflect this! ## How to Construct a Kite Shape.

To complete this, you will need a ruler, pencil, compass, protractor, and a blank piece of paper!

Note:  I do not go into a great deal of detail of the construction here, as how you go about constructing your shape depends entirely on the information given to you.

The easiest way to construct a kite, is by constructing two isosceles triangles sharing the same base line. ## Relationship to 3D Shapes

There are no 3d Figures an elementary student will have to study in relation to the kite.

It would also be a very good exercise to compare this shape to other quadrilaterals. ## Geometric Coloring Sheets

The use of coloring sheets allows your child to start experimenting with triangles.  A great first step is to encourage your child to color in triangles adjacent to each other with the same color, until their shape starts to look like 'something'.

Perhaps that something will be a rectangle or a house! By doing this, your child will start to realize the connection between different shapes.  You will find some nice free geometric coloring pages to download and get started with. ## Fun Geometry Projects

Coming soon! Pythagoras

Coming soon!