Flying A Kids Kite

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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! If you can find some thin 30cm (12") bamboo skewers in your local shops, try Making Skewer Kites to help you get a kite in the air. On the cheap!
  • 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.

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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What's New!

  1. Flight Report:
    Club Fly At Semaphore

    Nov 11, 18 10:45 PM

    It was back to the usual Semaphore Park location this month... True to the weather site prediction, a Gentle-strength breeze was coming off the ocean after mid-day. The direction was much more souther…

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

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

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

Strong ...
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

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