Can there be anything more happy or carefree than running in the wind, holding tight to the cord of a colorful kite looking behind and seeing your son or daughter running along, laughing with their face-to the wind? Flying a kite is a satisfying and classic exercise for individuals no matter there age. Here are a few strategies for teaching your children how to fly a kite.
How to Pick A Kite
Choosing a kite is very important because if we’re honest it’s not uncommon for even the most beautiful elaborate kite to take a nose-dive and break quickly even on the very first time out. I suggest you may want to consider starting with a durable but cheap kite since the truth is, when it comes to children and kites there’s nothing sadder than having to explain to your children why there fun Kite Day is being cut short.
Keep it simple, use the thinnest, best kite line you can find. Use a plastic spool or wood string holder for the kite line to unfurl from this way small fingers wont get hurt by rapid moving kite line.
Where to Fly a Kite?
Flying kites successfully demands an open area. You and your children will need lots of barrier-free space in order to run freely while operating a kite. Great places to fly kites are wide open areas, abandoned football fields or play-yards at colleges or schools, and the seaside. Look out for areas saturated in trees; trees often trap and keep kites – as do wire lines and cables, and can also be quite dangerous.
You’ll also wish to examine the wind conditions. Additional wind may be needed for heavy kites, lighter kites have the ability to travel with less wind. You’ll be able to take a look at wind speeds via your local weather station or website, or simply drive by the local school: are the leaves blowing? Are the flags flapping? If that’s the case, you’ve got enough wind. Of course if the entire tree is swaying, it may be too gusty for kite-flying.
Kite Flying Tips
- Rather than running willy-nilly with the kite (or straight into other kids), experts recommend you teach your child to stand with her/his back to the wind and hold the kite as high as possible, straight up – then gently let the wind take it. If there’s enough breeze, the kite will start to rise.
- Your child will love the magical feeling as the kite begins to float in the air, and the string slowly begins to unfurl. Allow the kite to take a little line, then tighten it. Continue back and forth — give a little, take a little, until the kite is launched.
Once it’s up:
- Watch the kite carefully.
- Don’t let too much string out. If there’s slack in the line, tighten it up a bit.
- To increase the altitude, gently let out more line. Or what is referred to as pumping it, pulling the line in a bit and then letting it out a small bit.
Once you’re done:
- Slowly wind the string on to your spool – if it’s coming down too fast, you may need to take the line down in giant loops, which you can then neatly rewind on the spool.
- Never fly a kite across a road. You don’t want to risk your child running across the road and if the kite comes down, it could blind a driver.
- Avoid trees and wires. If your kite gets stuck, have an adult help.
- Don’t fly near airports or high enough to be in a plane’s airspace.
- Never fly in an electrical storm.
Seeing a kite lift up out of their hands and into the air is one of the most memorable experiences you can share with your child. Have fun.
One of the highlights of early spring is the windy days. they are perfect for kite flying. This is a pastime that parents and kids have enjoyed for many generations. You and your family can get in on the act with this beautiful Breeze Rainbow Diamond Kite sold by Amazon.
Kite flying gives kids a chance to try something new and learn to sale on the winds. It is bigger than those paper airplanes we all learn to make and try to fly in school. This particular kite is made of weather resistant polyester fabric that can stand up to the dives and dips from numerous rough landings. The rods supporting the fabric are fiberglass so they are sturdy in high winds.
The product comes with instructions and is easy to put together in no time for an afternoon of fun. The kite can withstand winds of anywhere from 6 all the way up to 20 miles per hour. The kite kit comes with a boldly colored kite, a kite bag, kite line and a handle. Be aware of small pieces and the potential for choking hazard in kids less than 3 years of age.
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