Flying A Kids Kite

The Age Factor

Any age from 2 to 102 can enjoy flying a single line kids kite! However, keep the following things in mind...

  • 0 - 1 years: Kite flying is technically possible if they can grasp a string! However, there's really no point in trying it, unless you are plotting to set up a photo to amaze and astonish other parents ;-) The kite's flight might last just a fraction of a second, before the unsuspecting young kite pilot lets it go! However, from 18 months or so they can probably appreciate a piece of ribbon attached to a finger and allowed to flutter in the breeze. All the better if they are capable of trotting along on their own 2 legs, finger-tails held high!
  • 2 - 3 years: We have experience in this area. Our boy Aren has flown a small diamond, an ideal kids kite, for short periods. Sometimes from his pram, at other times while standing. Just see that video down there! However, attention span can be very limited in this age group. After a short while, watching the line or the kite, they tend to play 'toss the reel'! Even so, they can appreciate a flying kite and look forward to going out to see it fly. Running around with finger-tails a-flutter would also work in this age group.
  • 4 - 5 years: This is the ideal age group for child fliers. When kids fly kites at this age, they can get quite excited about making one, with some help, and going out to fly it. Our Aren was 4 when he first flew our big Dowel Rokkaku. In very light wind, mind you!
  • 6 - 8 years: The excitement factor wanes a bit, but some in this age group will still love to fly a small single-line kite. Others will begin to get distracted by more expensive kites of various kinds, or non-kiting activities.
  • 9 + years: The child might be starting to develop into a kite-person for life. Or not! A small number of people, including myself, are able to get considerable enjoyment out of single line designs for their entire lives.

This Large Easy Flyer - Mikey Monkey on Amazon looks like it would please any small child. A reliable flier according to nearly all the reviews.

Kite flying is just one example of preschool activities that can engage children as young as 3 years old. At this age, they could also help decorate the kite sail with marker pens or even a sticker or 2.

Although too young for any of the construction, they could select plastic bags for the tail. An adult could then cut out and attach the tail.






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The
Sode is a traditional Japanese design, and this MBK version is exciting to watch in rough air!

If you have made Diamonds before, this kite takes a little more time to make. It's still a straight-forward build though, using the same techniques as used for my Dowel Diamond. 

Get the e-book for making the MBK Dowel Sode kite. The cambered sail makes this a very efficient design. Of the Dowel kites, this design is one of my personal favorites!

This Sode flies steep and steady over the Light wind range, and starts to move around quite a bit when the wind picks up to Moderate levels. Tail(s) are entirely optional, but may be added for looks.

The e-book is a PDF file - which means printable instructions to refer to while you make the kite. It also means convenient off-line access if that suits you better.



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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