1st Time 4H Kite

My 8 year old son wanted to build a kite for 4H. I thought oh this will be good. I was hesitant on building a kite because I didn't think it would fly.

I found your website and thought that the kites you mentioned seemed easy and wouldn't take a lot of time. He was so proud to make this kite and the whole time I was thinking, I hope this doesn't let him down.

When it finally got complete, we went outside about 9:00 p.m. and it was a beautiful evening. The wind was blowing just enough and the sun was setting with a half moon in the sky.

He lifted his kite up and held the string and away it went. No troubles at all. He had a big smile on his face. Thank you for putting these directions online for us to find. We are going to try to make another one!

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by: Tim Parish

Sounds like you picked a perfect time for a first flight! Avoid windy weather and you should get plenty more out of your Delta.

If there is not quite enough wind, your 8 year old will still enjoy going for a jog, towing the kite up and up. In almost calm conditions this can be done by running around in a huge circle, for as long as there is enough energy left in the tank ... and then the kite drifts down.

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Wind Speeds


Light air
1-5 km/h
1-3 mph
1-3 knots
Beaufort 1

Light breeze
6–11 km/h
4–7 mph
4–6 knots
Beaufort 2    

Gentle breeze
12–19 km/h
8–12 mph
7–10 knots
Beaufort 3    

Moderate breeze
20–28 km/h
13–18 mph
11–16 knots
Beaufort 4    

Fresh breeze
29–38 km/h
19–24 mph
17–21 knots
Beaufort 5    

Strong breeze
39–49 km/h
25–31 mph
22–27 knots
Beaufort 6

High Wind
50-61 km/h
32-38 mph
28-33 knots
Beaufort 7