Do you know how to fly a kite? There are a few simple steps you can do to make flying a kite with your children successful and lots of fun.
We have recently enjoyed a coastal holiday on Australia’s north eastern beaches. The weather can be relied upon to be perfectly warm, however, we did experience one day of winds. Hubby suggested that he make the most of the opportunity and teach Possum how to fly a kite. Do you remember flying kites as a child? I think it has to be on every child’s bucket list of things to do.
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We found these wonderful little pocket kites by Tiger Tribe at a local toy shop to where we were staying. It required no tricky poles and once unzipped from its container it expanded to a perfectly sized kite for young children. These are not suitable you can always make your own kite, such as this wonderfully simple handmade kite by The Craft Train.
How to fly a kite
There are a few simple steps you can take to be able to fly a kite. Of course the most important factor when flying a kite is having a wide open space and a consistently windy day.
1. Work out the direction the wind is traveling. The kite will fly with greater success if run against the wind to allow it to take flight.
2. For little children, keep the kite string is short, say 3-4 meters in length. It will make flying the kite much easier to get off the ground and keep in the air.
3. Having another person hold up the kite and release it as the child begins running is a great way to give the kite instant hight and catch the wind sooner.
4. Run against the wind until your kite gets enough hight. If it is a particularly windy day then you should be able to keep the kite up in the air by lightly tugging on the string.
Here is Possum (aged 2.5 years) giving you a simple video example of how to fly a kite.
Of course flying a kite can become quite exhausting but is a great outdoor activity that promotes exercise and is lots and lots of fun.
When was the last time you flew a kite?
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Thanks for the tips! I’be been meaning to try flying kites with my 2.5 and 4 year olds all summer, but we never got around to it. The last time we tried, it was way harder than I remembered from my childhood. I definitely need to be more prepared this time.
Thanks for your comment. I completely agree, flying a kite was actually a whole lot harder than what I remember as a kid so hopefully the tips help you. It also a huge work out! LOL
Those little pocket kites look great. It’d be something as simple as that to make us actually fly a kite. I’m sure the kids will love it and we have lots of great wide open spaces around here for kite running. Thanks. Love the pics as well! 🙂
Elmer Cruz says
Great tips! Your blog will help me a lot. You’ve taught me a lot with your guide. Thanks for the useful links.