Never too young for kids kites!

by Micki
(Pocatello ID USA)

Love your newsletter, and love the focus on kids kites - that's really what it's all about, isn't it? I had a mom bring her 3 week old to a library workshop, so her 4-year old could make a kite. I helped her make one for each child.

We've been preparing kite kits for a simple workshop in which dads and kids will make a 3-kite diamond train. It has been a joint effort: A local store donated some shopping bags which are great for kids kites. A kite vendor in the next city gave me large rolls of line for cost.

The library saved every reel from the receipt machine at their check out desk, which we wound with smaller lengths of line. The libraries will provide the venues and advertising, and in one case even refreshments and prizes!

Our volunteers, The Sky's The Limit! team, will donate our preparation and instruction, and voila - free community workshops for kids kites. See schedule on

If I can make some helpful comments, as I too always tinker and modify every kite design sometimes for a child's lesson, sometimes just for simplicity or ease:
- when cutting out the sail, fold it in half first and cut both sides at once.
- notch the cardboard winder and teach the child to lock the line when not flying
- knots like the tail knot here and one in an earlier rokkaku lesson do catch the wind and unbalance the kite. I find your more balanced methods - tape, velcro, glue - easier to fly in our gusty Idaho weather.

Comments for Never too young for kids kites!

Average Rating starstarstarstarstar

Click here to add your own comments

Kite Trains For Kids...
by: Tim Parish

Thanks for posting re all your community kite-making endevours Micki. A train of Diamonds - now there's a slightly more ambitious idea than most, for these sorts of kids events! 3 times the thrill factor, I wonder?

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Tiny Tots Kite Builder.

E-book special of the month...

Barn Door is a traditional American design, and this MBK version has delighted many of this site's visitors over the years.

If you have made Diamonds before, this kite is only a small step up in difficulty.

Get the e-book for making the MBK Barn Door kite. Down to a mere $2.95 for this month.

The MBK Barn Door is a reliable flyer over the Light to Moderate wind range. Tail(s) are entirely optional, if the kite is made according to the instructions.

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.

What's New!

  1. Gibson Girl - The Box Kite

    Oct 19, 16 07:00 AM

    A previously published page which gives some historical background to the so-called Gibson Girl box kite. Designed for military use, it's an old but impressive piece of kite technology...

    Read More



Kite-making e-book: Simplest Dowel Kites

This one's FREE
Download it now!

More E-books...


"Love the easy to understand step by step instructions, made from next to nothing materials and above all so much fun to fly... cheers Tim for sharing your well thought out pdf kite designs with the whole world.

Very satisfying making your own and watching them get air-born for the first time."


"I've just bought your super e-book and spent most of last night pouring through all the great stuff in it!

Very detailed and USEFUL information - thanks for such a great book."


"30+ years ago, I tried making a kite using the 'instructions' in a free kite-safety booklet. What a disappointment for a young boy.

 Your instructions and methods are wonderful. You help the builder to focus on accuracy, without making it hard. Also, you use materials that are durable, yet cheap!"


"omg i made a kite from this site and i fly it ....... booom i didnt expect this bc in the other sites instuction are trash

thank you"

Kite-making e-book: Simplest Dowel Kites

This one's FREE
Download it now!

More E-books...

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