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While kites are great for all who are young at heart, making and flying kites are especially wonderful activities for chronological children!  The image of a flying kite stimulates the idea of freedom in childhood. Children, as well as adults, feel exhilarated and jubilant at the thought of flying a kite. The colors of kites, the heights they can reach, and the wild journeys they take in the sky make them a treasure of imagination.  Kites promote health and joy and a sense that all is right with the world. This is why we are so positive about kitemaking and kite flying in the 21st century.  Kiting is an ideal hobby for children because it is great fun, it can be done almost anywhere, and the children will be outdoors in the fresh air.

Kiting is often remembered as one of the most wonderful and educational activities of childhood.  There are many valuable lessons that can be learned through kiting. Children need to know that they can make things themselves and use them and that these activities can be fun.  Flying a kite that you have made is an exhilarating experience for a child (or adult!). A sense of pride, joy, and accomplishment washes over you as you watch this object you created fly and feel the tug of the wind at your line. The feeling is unique and memorable.  

Kites can be learning tools for all age levels.  Children can learn about making things with their hands, expressing themselves in artwork, developing an appreciation for wind and other environmental factors, and developing the physical skills and coordination for kite flying.  Young children can decorate single line kites.

Some companies make kite kits that contain all materials to help you make a kite with your children. For older children, learning how to control 2-line or 4-line stunt kites is particularly satisfying. 

Making and flying kites are great family activities – making a kite with your children leads to creative thought, and flying the kites gets everyone up and moving around outside. Many of our members recall making and flying kites with their parents decades later. Take a look here for some ideas on getting started in kitemaking.

Kites can be complex designs or simple forms, constructed from sophisticated or basic materials. Kites can easily be made at home, and many kite festivals have special kitemaking sessions for children that can help them build their first kite.

Be sure to emphasize safety rules before going on a kiteflying adventure!