Making Your Kite Fly Successfully

Take your family out to a park on the next sunny day and fly a kite together.  Doesn't sound fun?  You'll be pleasantly surprised.  If there's a nice breeze, you and your kids will have no trouble getting the kite into the sky, and then taming it will be the challenge!  To have a successful kite flying experience, there are some things you should be certain to do.

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Have the right kind of kite.  It may be fun for your kids to make a kite, but unless they're built from kits, they're not likely to stay off the ground for very long.  The wind tends to tear homemade kites apart, leaving your kids sadder even than if it couldn't fly at all.  That means you'll want to invest in a store-bought kite, something that will endure some battering but won't be too hard to control.  Delta and diamond kites -- traditional kite shapes -- are best for small children, while larger kites like dragon and stunt kites can be handled by children of older ages.

Go to the right spot for your day of kite flying.  Open fields are great, though make sure you aren't too near a forest and that there aren't a lot of tall trees, or else the kite may fall into them and get stuck.  The beach is also an excellent kite-flying location, as evidenced by the hundreds of colorful kites dotting the sky between the ocean and the heavens on a warm, windy day.  Big stretches of concrete work as well, but be sure your kids aren't tripping; it'll be a lot more painful if they're over hard concrete than over grass or sand.

 Get a good launch!  This means figuring out which way the breeze is blowing, then let out some string and drag the kite behind you.  Take off at a run, keeping a tight grip on the string, so that the kite eventually catches the current and pops into the air.  Then help your child let the string in and out so that the kite stays up in the breeze and hangs overhead for as long as possible.

When this blogger was a kid, an accident in her home cul-de-sac made her scared to fly kites anymore unless it was on a beach.  But many kids are brave and eager enough not to care where they're running around with their heads thrown back.  Bring first aid in case of skinned knees or other kite flying-related injuries your youngsters might incur.  It's a good idea to have one of those in the car anyway!

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