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Teach Your Child How to Make and Fly a Kite

Summertime is that season when things are taken a bit more slowly than the long working months of the winter, summer seems to be the gods Eway of saying, “it’s time to enjoy the wonders of the world for a little while.”

Summertime and sports go hand and hand and there is nothing more suitable and enjoyable than flying a kite at the park. When the wind is swirling in just the right strength, and the breeze will do all the work for you, that is, after you have built the kite.

Children of all ages
When you think about flying a kite the first thing that comes to mind is not only having a great time with your child, but also the lesson in science that can be associated with such a venture. If you plan to build your own kite, and it would be a great project to do with your child, you will need a tutorial such as How to Make a Homemade Kite. Print out the instructions and get the materials needed to complete the task. Plan a trip with your child to the hobby store or other department store that would sell all the items listed (you may find them at a crafting store as well.)

Then go home and build your kite. Depending on the kite you build and your experience, plan on the assembly of the kite to take about 10 minutes to an hour.

Once you have the kite built remember which model you have built and how you did it, and do some test runs. Have your child bring with them a spiral notebook, to write down the test runs, how long it took to get it in the air, about how fast the wind was blowing, from which way the wind was blowing and the time of the day you had airlift. This is a great way to learn about air velocity.

To give the kite lift off have your child hold the string in one hand and the main part of the kite in the other, once the kite begins to lift from the air forcing against the kite then have your child quickly let go of the kite and letting loose as much string as he possibly can for the kite to lift into the air. Walla! Lift-off.

The next time you have the opportunity to build the other model of kite, do so with your child and also take notes on the lift off information of that model of kite. Compare notes to see which is easier to get off the ground and had better flying success. Or how the changes in wind patterns differed in each flight.
 
Main points to address:

  • Print out the provided instructions for building a kite.
  • Obtain the materials from a hobby shop or craft store.
  • Build the kite together, being sure to follow the instructions accurately.
  • Bring a pen and paper to the launching site to write down your air times.

Resources
Resources to build a kite:

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