School Homework

by Oscar
(Hull, England)

Not bad for a first attempt

Not bad for a first attempt

Today we set about my son's year 2 homework, to design and make a kite. Although the school issued some instructions they were neither clear nor detailed enough for a 7 year old to follow.

Thank you so much for your fantastic instructions.
Working together, mum, dad and Oscar, we managed to build this diamond kite one step at a time.

Once complete and fully decorated, we even braved the local park for a test flight. In quite overcast conditions, with gusty and squauly winds, and after a few failed attempts we managed to get the kite up, then it crashed back to earth.

Following a different technique and changing location, we had success and managed to get the kite up. It flew well long enough for dad to take some evidence photos and for mum to shoot some short video.

Oscar thoroughly enjoyed the experience and when at last the kite plummeted once more to earth he had managed to pay out about 22 metres of line! What a super kite for a first attempt. If we have time, we might have a go at the delta kite next and do a comparison flight.

Many thanks to you for your wonderful website.

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by: Tim Parish

Glad you found success eventually! The 2-Skewer Diamond really takes very little breeze to fly. One day when there doesn't seem to be enough breeze, give it another shot - you might be very surprised...

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