Easy Kites for Kids
Flying easy kites for kids opens up a whole new world of hands-on learning. From math to science, history to geography, the sky's the limit when it comes to kite-flying enrichment plans. What's more, the high-flying hobby is fun, safe and appealing to kids of all ages.
Popular Kites for Kids
The best kites for kids are the ones they can get up into the sky on their own. Children achieve a sense of pride being able to fly a kite, regardless of its size or shape. However, scaled-down versions of diamond, delta and sled kites are typically the easiest for youngsters to handle on their own.
- Delta: These models fly with just a hint of wind. They are also very stable and are flown without a tail, which makes them great for kids five and younger. The downside is that they are small and not as fancy-looking as their more elaborate cousins.
- Diamond: These kites are ideal for children ages 5-10, as they only require a light to medium breeze to fly. However, keep in mind that diamond kites have tails, so a very young child may get caught up in it or get frustrated with its tendency to wind up on tree branches.
- Sled: These kites are better off in the hands of older children who weigh more. In high winds, sled kites can climb, shift and nose dive with little warning. The pull from these kites can be especially strong, and can lift very young children off the ground.
Buying a Kite Kit
Kits make it easy for children to design their own kites. All of the materials needed to construct a kite are included in the package, along with instructions and photos of the completed piece. The convenient kits are available at craft and hobby shops, as well as some museums.
Depending on your child's age, it's best to select a kit that requires minor assembly. Basic assembly includes taping and easy knot-tying skills.
For older children, intermediate kite kits are a better option. These packages require moderate skills in measuring and knot tying. In addition, the child must pay attention to details and know some advanced math skills in order to construct the kite on his own.
Making Easy Kites for Kids
You don't have to purchase a kit in order to make a kite. With a few materials and a little creativity you make a kite from scratch. If you go this route, consider making the diamond model, as it is very easy to construct.
To build the popular diamond kite, you will need sticks, string, paper, tape, or glue. Once you gather your materials, follow these simple steps to get your kite off the ground:
- Create a cross out of two sticks. Do this by notching the ends and tying them together.
- Run the string through each of the slots to create the diamond shape.
- Cut-out a diamond shape from paper. The diamond should be approximately an inch larger than the diamond string you first made. Cut the edges of the paper to allow the sticks to show.
- Fold the edges of the paper over the diamond string and tape or glue them into place.
- Take a piece of string and tie it to the crossbar on the kite's back. Secure it tightly in order to create a bowed effect.
- Glue a patch on the kite's cover.
- Using the tip of a pencil, poke a hole close to the crossbar.
- Cut a seven-foot piece of string and tie its end to the bottom and the other end on the cross.
- Attach a tail to the bottom of the kite. Note: The end of the kite's string should be attached about a third of the distance down the bridle.
You can now test out your homemade diamond kite.
Advanced Kite Making
For older children making a tetrahedral kite may be more their speed.
- 10 36-inch strings
- 10 16-inch strings
- 60 straws
- 10 diamond-shaped pieces of tissue paper
- Ball of string
- String three pieces of straw using the 36-inch string.
- Tie a knot and leave two inches of string on one of its ends. The straws will create the triangle. The excess string should be long enough to tie two additional straws.
- Tie two more straws onto the triangle you made.
- Pull the string you tied up to the triangle to create another triangle, using the two additional straws you strung. The result should be a diamond shape that has two outlined triangles.
- Thread another straw using a 16-inch string. Tie one of its ends to the diamond's top. The other end of the string will be tied on the diamond's other top. The result should be a pyramid shape.
- Glue the tissue paper papers onto the pyramid.
- Cover two sides of the pyramid with tissue paper, as well as the edges. Let it dry.
- Repeat the steps until you can tie 10 pyramids to form a single shape. Typically, there should be six pyramids at the bottom level, three on the middle, and one on top.
Kite Flying Tips
Kites for kids should not require a line rated more than 30 pounds. In addition, before you allow your child to set-off on a kite flying adventure, be sure he knows to stay away from power lines and other tall objects. Finally, if your kid is flying a large kite on a windy day, have him wear gloves to avoid friction burns on his hands.