National Kite Month–A whole month devoted to kites and kite flying

American Kitefliers Association, one of the sponsors of National Kite Month writes:

What is National Kite Month?
Every year in April Kite enthusiasts across North America celebrate the history and the future of the world’s favorite pastime by letting their kites fly.  It is a month to celebrate the joy and happiness that comes from letting out the line, letting your kite catch the wind, and letting that kite soar high into the sky.

Why April?
April was chosen as National Kite Month because it was the month that perfectly sympolized hope, potential, and joy.  As the first month in Spring, it is when most kite fliers are starting to bring their kites out of the closet and prepare for a summer on the beach.  It is the month that while we spring clean and dust off the cobwebs, we can look fondly back on the memories of the year before while looking towards a bright future.  April is also the month that we see the last of the snow giving way to green lawns, a month that we are eager to get outside and be active.  So why not do it with a kite this year?

It’s all about flying kites and sharing them with others, There are lots of ways to join the fun.
1 Fly a kite at your local park or kite festival. Visit the AKA and NKM calendars to find an event near you.
2 Organize a kite festival for your town or a neighborhood fly for your block. The AKA Kite Event Organizer Manual can help you.
3 If you decide to organize an event, register your event on the National Kite Month website: http://nationalkitemonth.org/register-an-event/
4 Teach someone how to make a kite. The AKA Kites in the Classroom manual is a great resource.
5 Create a kite display for your local library.
6 Give a lecture at your local school on kite history and why kites fly.
7 Ask your local mayor or state governor to sign a National Kite Month Proclamation.
8 Visit a kite store and buy yourself a new kite.
9 Teach a friend how to fly a kite or even a whole scout troop.
10 Show-off your artistic talents by building a kite.
11 Give someone a kite.


 

Kites…on a Roll® brings together kids of all ages. We offer easy to make and easy to fly kites, the perfect group activity. Kids of all ages love our kites! To order any number of our kits, please check out our store!

Tiptoe through the craft store, office supply store before decorating your kite

I had the best time at Michaels the other day looking for items that will make my kite decorating more fun, more creative, more me. You could also go to JoAnn’s or any local craft store (one that has scrapbooking materials) and office supply store to find items to help you decorate your kite.

You need to remember some decorating concepts when purchasing different items.  The Kites…on a Roll® kits are made of plastic.  Any marker or paint has to be permanent.  Any water soluble product will not stick to plastic; the color will only smear. Sample the marker on the edge of the plastic to see how it looks or sticks. (Make sure you allow enough time for the colors to dry.)  The Fly Me Kite kits are made of paper so crayons or water soluble markers will work. There is a writable coating on our Kites…on a Roll® Sled kits so you could use crayons.  They are not as bright as permanent markers.

Since our plastic is translucent, large pictures or line drawings can be placed under the plastic to trace.  Look for coloring books that  present great pictures for tracing. A book of flags is a great place to find drawing ideas.

If working with permanent markers, purchase the thin, vinyl (without latex) gloves at a food, hardware or medical supply store. These gloves keep little hands clean. Office supply stores have large Avery Dennison labels in many great colors, and shapes. While there, look for permanent markers and  multi-colored tape and patterned duck tape in the aisles.

The craft stores carry many scrapbooking items that can go on your kite. Just remember that the kite goes up in the air so the designs need to be large. And remember that the kite goes up in the air so be aware of added weight to your kite.

When purchasing supplies, do consider the age and abilities of your kite makers and the amount of time you have for the kite making. We estimate the kite building time with each kit, but decorating is subjective and does take extra time.  Please allow for that time in your lesson. Make the sample we send you so the kite makers can see what the finished product will be like. That sample allows you to try different bits and pieces that you have picked up at all the wonderful stores beckoning your creative ideas.


 

Kites…on a Roll® brings together kids of all ages. We offer easy to make and easy to fly kites, the perfect group activity. Kids of all ages love our kites! To order any number of our kits, please check out our store!