Families with boys hang colourful carp kites, called Koinobori, outside their houses. The kites flutter in the wind and look beautiful, as you can see in the photo above! In Japanese culture, the carp (or koi) represents courage and perseverance, as the fish is known for its strength and determination as it swims against the current upstream.
One of visitors, Miyuki, wrote in to give me more information about the flying of carp kites:
"Traditionally, Magoi (black carp) represented Father and Higoi (red carp) represented children. However, in the current tradition of Koinobori, Black Carp represents father because the colour represents the strength, Red Carp represents mother meaning the birth, green or blue carp represents the boys and pink or orange represents girls in the family."
Our Carp Kite Activities
This fun activity uses a flagpole of koinobori (carp kites) and asks the children to colour in the picture on the right using the same colours as our coloured version on the left.
Cut out our colourful carp kites in various sizes and then stick them onto the correct sorting pages which are included in this fun colour sorting printable.
It was traditional in Japan to fly koinobori (Carp kites) like these on Children's Day. Make them bright and colourful! You could cut them out and "fly" them on a chopstick flagpole, if you like!
Colour In the carp kites by following the instructions. This is the first of two fun worksheets on this theme.
Here's an original worksheet/colouring page for Children's Day. Simply follow the instructions carefully to colour in koinobori kites.
Print out this pretty greetings card onto good paper or printer card and fold in half. It's a quick and easy activity for Children's Day. Of course the kids should write a message inside!
Colour in this picture of carp kites flying in the wind for Children's Day. Print using borderless settings if possible and simply fold in half when you've finished colouring.
Children admire the carp kites flying in the wind in this fun colouring page showing old Japanese traditions.
Here's a fun way to make sure the kids understand their ordinal numbers. Colour in the carp kites according to the instructions.
Our cheerful koinobori page border comes in three variations: lined, half lined, and blank. Find them all below. Perfect for your Japan topic or Children's Day.
Print out this playdough mat for Children's Day and laminate it for repeat use if you wish. Now get the kids to make some playdough carp kites to hand from the flagpole!
Cut out the carp kites and then stick them in size order on the flagpole page - a fun size ordering activity for Children's Day or your Japan topic.
Here's a fun way to write about the tradition of flying carp kites in Japan for Children's Day. Colour the picture in, and write on the right.
This writing paper featuring colourful carp kites is perfect for your Children's Day writing projects or for your Japan topic in general.