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Hobbies for Kids - Kite Flying

 

Kite flying is becoming a very popular hobby for kids and adults.   It is an ideal hobby for children because it is great fun,  it can be done anywhere and the kids will be outdoors in the fresh air. It is an activity that will keep them amused for hours.   In fact, you can begin flying kites right it your own neighborhood under the proper conditions.  Your collection can eventually grow to include a variety of different types of kites to be used for different types of weather conditions.

How to Begin with Kite Flying...

It is easy to get started in Kite Flying. You really do not need anything but a kite, proper weather and an open location.  The first thing to do is to select or make a kite.  Click here instructions on making your own kite.  Making a kite is often a fun activity that will generate excitement as well give your child a sense of pride.

Once you have your kite you need to select the proper location.  The best location is somewhere that is open and free from trees, electric lines or poles.  Stay away from roads.  The park, beach or open field are prime locations. The more room that you have the better for flying the kite.

Next, you must select a day that has the proper weather conditions. If the wind is too strong or too light it will make it very difficult to fly the kite especially for beginners. If the leaves, bushes or flag begin to move, about 5 -25 mph then it is best for kite flying. The best kites for medium winds between 6-15 mph are Deltas, Diamonds and Dragon kites.  Box Kites and Stickless Parafoil Kites  you will find fly better in winds at are a little stronger ranging from 8-25 mph.


Kite Flying Safety Tips

When flying a kite remember the 3 C's of kite Safety: Caution, Courtesy and Common Sense.

  • Never fly you kite near electric lines or poles.

  • Be aware of who or what is around you at all times

  • Always fly away from other kite fliers to avoid other kites, and kite lines.

  • Stay away from trees.

  • Never use metal parts or lines which could attract electricity. 

  • Always be considerate of other people in the area. 

  • Never fly a kite in the rain.

  • Never fly your kite near the edge of a hill, cliff or slope.

  • Never climb a tree, pole or dangerous spot if the kite gets caught.

  • Always think about safety and what you are doing.
     

History of Kites

Kites have been around for two thousand years but it is not known exactly who or where it was invented.  It has, however, been used by many different cultures for special events.  China, Japan and Thailand have all recorded the use of the kite in their legends. The earliest written account is in China sothey have been credited with the invention.  In the 13th century Marco Polo, introduced the kite to Europe. The kite was primarily used for enjoyment, as a toy for children.  In the 18th and 19th centuries, kites were used  tools for scientific research.  Benjamin Franklin used it to prove electricity was present during a storm.   The Wright Brothers experimented with kites to contribute to development of the airplane. In WWI armies used kites for enemy observation and signaling however, as years progressed and the airplane came into existence, the kite was used less by the military. Today kites are used by children as well as adults around the world. There are kite festivals, kite skiing,  kite contests as well as a variety of styles and shapes.  Click here to see pictures of Kites from Around the World.