**A kite is a real life example of a rhombus shape.** However, while a kite has a rhombus shape, it is not a rhombus.

A rhombus is a type of parallelogram and a parallelogram has two sets of parallel sides and it is a simple quadrilateral. The rhombus has four straight, equal sides and it is flat. The length of all four sides is equal, and the opposite angles are equal. To calculate the area of a rhombus, use the following formula: area = altitude x side length. To get the perimeter, simply take the side length and multiple this by four.