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.
E-book special of the month...
I've been flying and posting about the Dowel Roller recently.
Get the e-book for making this attractive light-to-gentle breeze design.
Substitute a thicker vertical spar and soft Tyvek for plastic, and you have a gentle-to-moderate breeze kite instead.
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.
Aug 24, 16 07:00 AM
After developing the Skewer kite series, some years ago, a few more designs were made. These ended up as bonus (non site-published) designs which were added to the Making Skewer Kites e-book compilati…
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