Making a kite together with your children is such a wonderful learning experience and making it fly together is very fun and rewarding. If you’ve been wondering how to make a kite, you should know that it’s not really as hard as it seems, and it’s definitely worth the time. Learning how to build kites and fly them is a great hobby at any age, even during retirement.
History of kite flying
The fascination with kites goes back to the history of the human race. The origin of the kite isn’t entirely true, but we do know that kites go back at least 2000 years when they were used to fish by joining them to the tail. Some of the oldest comet tales, whether in fact or folklore, involved their use by the ancient armies. One story is about the famous Chinese general, Han Hsin, who, around 200 BC, was trying to overthrow a tyrannical emperor.
He flew a kite directly over the Emperor’s palace, then measured the rope to determine how long to dig a tunnel that would take the troops inside the walls of the palace. Of course, they were victorious. The emperor was overthrown. Therefore, it marked the beginning of the Western Han Dynasty. Comets were also used in China and Japan for many different festivals and celebrations. Comet fighting was (and still is) a popular sport in many Eastern countries. In this game, they would cover the rope with powdered glass, sharp sand, crushed ceramics or any sharp or abrasive object in an attempt to cut the rope from the opponent’s kite.
In the 18th century, kites were used as scientific tools, such as the monitoring of climatic conditions. And, of course, we all know that when here in the United States, in 1752, Benjamin Franklin, Benjamin Franklin discovers that electricity flew his kite during a thunderstorm to show that lightning and electricity had the same kite_benfrankproperties. Alexander Graham Bell also did many experiments with comets that helped him in his efforts (When he told people that he had discovered the phone, they did not tell him to fly a kite!). The comets helped scientists understand the aerodynamic principles, which paved the way for the invention of the plane. In 1894 Lawrence Hargrave was lifted off the ground by a train of 4 kites. He is credited with developing various styles of comets and gliders in his experiments to build a flying machine.
Fun with kites
Today kites are more popular than ever. From the simplest kite flying kites for beginners to very complex and special kites for acrobatics, games or just pure entertainment, the kites are here to stay. They come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and materials to suit any need. There are flight clubs and festivals that you can attend. There are games to play, tricks to learn and fun ideas to try.
There are some joys that are very simple but exciting, like flying a brightly colored kite in the breeze. For great family fun, build your own toy kite with this simple step-by-step guide and head over to one of the kite festivals that take place this summer. Kite games are designed to be fun, rather than strict contests with many rules. Here are some games to start.
Parade Kite parades are simple, colorful and fun. The best part is that everyone participates and nobody loses. Simply put everyone in line, start the music, have everyone cling to their kites (don’t fly them, but take them) and march the group through the kite field. Funny hats and suits add to the atmosphere. Parades are excellent ways to finish a kite workshop or show off for parents and friends.
This contest is designed to see which competitor can miss the fastest flight line without crashing your kite. Everyone receives a fixed time to let the line out, usually between 30 seconds and 2 minutes depending on the wind. A whistle or flag is good to announce the start and stop. Then, give the kites a few moments to stabilize and reach their maximum height. The judges then decide which comet is the highest. The main criterion is how quickly the contestants can let the line out, * not * how fast the kite can climb. Another factor is the amount of traction that each kite generates at low angles and the angle of ascent that the kite makes at the end. After an hour of quiet concentration, cut, paste and tie, the work will be done.
Make your own kites
Note: This project is best done as a family. Young children can help decorate and children over 7 can participate with parental supervision.
Materials you need:
- 1 waxed paper 14 x 20 inches (36x51cm), white
- 4 thin bamboo sticks: cross 2x 23 3/4 inches (60 cm); spine 1x 19 1/2 inch (48cm); Strut 1x 14 inches (36cm)
- Tissue paper 1 x 5 inches (2.5 × 12.5 cm), yellow, blue, magenta, violet
- 7 sheets of copy paper 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 inch (4x4cm), (patches)
- 2 sheets of crepe paper 2 inches x 2.7 yards (5 × 250 cm), yellow (tail)
- 20 m of rope (extra strong)
- Keychain (small)
- Roll of tape (handle)
- Measuring tape
- PVA glue
- Glue stick
- Q-Tip and bottle glass
Note: You can use bamboo sticks from a garden center. The lighter, the better, try to use as little glue and decoration as possible.
How to make Japanese kites: Step 1
Fold the candle in half and open it again. Turn 1 “up and open it again. Above: Glue the 14 “bar to the top and fold the paper (14” on the side). Paste the paper on it. Column: Cover the 19 “bar with glue and stick it in the center.
How to make a Japanese kite: Step 2
Glue the 2 crossbars (23 3/4 “) onto the paper.
How to make a Japanese kite: Step 3
Glue the patches of white paper to the paper as shown in the image.
How to make Japanese kites: Step 4
Cut squares of colorful tissue paper and decorate the kite.
How to make Japanese kites: Step 5
Make two holes with the toothpick in the center, to the left and to the right of the spine.
How to make a Japanese kite: Step 6
Cut a piece of string and tie it to the upper sticks on the left. Make a second knot to the right and wind the string until you get an arc (the side of the stick is shown up).
How to make Japanese kites: Step 7
The width, or top left to the top right of the kite, measures 2 × 18 1/2 “(48 cm) and the length or center of the kite measures 15” (38.5 cm). Cut the string a little more for both. Tie a knot first twice to the upper left corner, measure and knot in the right corner. Make a lark’s head in the middle and add it to the key ring. For the medium, make a pigtail with a stop knot. Measure and put it through the two holes in the middle and knot it twice. Add it to the keychain.
How to make Japanese kites: Step 8
Take the thread and attach it to the internal ribbon roll. Turn everything on That is really important, otherwise, the kite will fly away with a strong wind (what happened to us!) Make a ponytail at the end. It is best to add it to the key chain just before letting the kite fly.
How to make a Japanese kite: Step 9
Glue the two tails at the bottom left and right. They are essential, helping the kite to maintain a constant flight.
Your kite is ready! Fly your kite in an open space without too many people or power lines nearby. Choose a day with medium and constant wind. Stand with your kite, the wind at your back, and wind it freely to free it. Be careful not to let the rope cut into your hands.
We are in one of the moments for the perfect weather to fly kites, so we took the opportunity and had a great time! To be more prepared, bring your scissors, thread, tape, and gloves with you, in case you need to adjust the balance or repair the paper after a crash. Happy elaboration!
How to build kites – and make them fly!
All these kites are designed for fairly light to moderate winds. Then, assuming a reasonable breeze blows out, come out with a kite and a flight line attached. If you can hear some leaf noise in the trees, that should be fine. Stand with your back to the wind and have an assistant hold the kite at a distance. Let’s say, 15 meters (50 feet). When released, the kite should rise to the height of the tree canopy, unless the trees are huge in your area!
If your kite refuses to fly properly, there could be too much wind. Or, a spike or 2 can be very uneven in stiffness along its length. If a much longer tail doesn’t solve the problem, just try to make the whole kite again. Most likely, the new one will fly much better.
If you can barely feel the breeze on your face, it is likely that there simply isn’t enough wind to fly. Just wait for the best weather, or act like a child and tow the kite in the air! Sometimes, there will be more wind higher, and you will be surprised to feel that your kite pulls firmly on the line.
The person holding the kite is called the “launcher”, and the person who flies the kite is the “aviator”. The back of the launcher must be towards the wind, with the kite towards it. If the wind is behind the kite, it will be blocked. And don’t run the kite while running as the kite may collapse due to an uncontrolled tug.
Move about 20 meters from the kite. There should not be any obstacle from the place where you put the kite. Drop the kite. We recommend that you wait for the gust of wind before taking off.
Everything depends on your son now. As you release the kite, your child should pull on the rope to provide some friction.
Your son has to pay attention to the direction of the wind. If the direction of the wind changes, he will have to adapt to it. You two have to get ready for the wind to blow from the Flyer to the Launcher. In this way, the wind will go in a straight line from the Flying to the Launcher. Even your little one will be able to fly for longer.
Now tell your little one to release the length of the flight line. And carefully supervises the end of the chain. If the kite is weak, the line will come out of the flange, which will cause the kite to be lost.
Send a message to someone by attaching a banner behind your kite and let it fly. Or place a flag on the rope so that it flies high in the sky. Connect some small lights with batteries and try to fly at night (be careful with the calls that the UFOs see)
Flying kites are a fun and rewarding activity for the whole family and if you observe some rules of common sense about how and when you fly, you will enjoy many hours of emotion safely and without problems. Always fly with your safety and that of others in mind. Do not fly if there is any threat of thunderstorms or lighting Consider the wind conditions that are right for you and your kite Always fly your kite in an open area and stay away from trees, power lines, buildings, people, roads and any other hazards that could interfere with you or your kite
Additional warning! DO NOT try to fly a kite near power lines!
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