Spring Crafts : Explore Kite Building & Kit-Flying Safety Tips
Explore Kite Building & Kite-Flying Safety Tips
Spring Fling: Go Fly a Kite!
Building and flying a kite on a warm breezy spring day is one of life's simple pleasures. You could enjoy the experience with a cheap plastic kite bought from the store, but you'll have lots more fun building your own! To help you in this creative pursuit, the following kite building resources, trivia, safety tips, and personal stories will inspire you to kite flying fun!
Highly-Recommended Kite-Making Materials & Flying Safety Tips:
The Key to Kite Making
Q: How can I make a kite like Benjamin Franklin's old historical kite with the key on the string?
A: Ever since he discovered electricity with that 'key on a kite string' stunt, Ben Franklin seems to be the father of the diamond shaped kite.
Though we don't recommend trying to rediscover electricity, you'll be pleased to know that Ben left his original kite making instructions with us, and thanks to PBS, you can learn how to make that Franklin-style kite here: Benjamin Franklin Kite Making Instructions.
The site features Illustrated Web and printable instructions for making a diamond-shaped kite, plus Ben's original kite making instructions from the 1752 Pennsylvania Gazette.
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Homemade Kite Building Plans
Kite Tales: Learning How to Fly
By Chris Dunmire
I was six years old when I learned about the relationship between kite flying and the month of May. It came from the calendars hanging high on the wall above the blackboard in our first grade classroom. Each month expressed a theme: January had Cupid. February had Valentine hearts. April had umbrellas. And May had kites. I never forgot the diamond-shaped kite with the flowing tail gracing the month of May.That's how I remember when kite season begins. Through the years I've flown my share of cheap plastic and nylon kites. I've had diamond-shaped kites and triangle-shaped kites (triangles fly the best!). I made my own circle kite in a junior high school workshop. I managed to get it in the air, but there was something extremely disappointing about it.
Like Charlie Brown, some of my kites ended up in trees. I remember my brand-new red triangle kite with big sticker eyes and yellow flames decorating it. Within minutes of its virgin soar, it was eaten by the silver maple tree in our front yard. That's when I realized that kites shouldn't be flown so close to home. I lost another kite when I listened to a respected adult tell me to "let the string go and chase it." I didn't run fast enough. My last glimpse was seeing it soar high towards kite heaven. I prayed with all my might that it didn't come down somewhere a mile later and wreak havoc. I fearfully peeked at the newspaper headlines the next day and was relieved that I was in the clear.
I still love kites and the free spirit-ness they promote. When I see the new store displays of cheap plastic kites and cores of string during spring, I impulsively add them to my cart. There is such childlike joy in finding an empty field on a breezy day and getting that thing high into the air. It may last only a flight or two, but the experience takes me to a place of wonderment and deepens my appreciation for simple pleasures. •
More Kite Making Sources
Grandfather's Kite Instructions
How to Make a Ribbon Tailed Kite
Garbage Bag and other Soft Plastic Kites
Kids Norfolk Kite Making Demo
Best Kite Designs for Fishing
20 Kids * 20 Kites * 20 Minutes