Summer 2011

Rain, rain, rain. That was most of our spring with limited kite flying weather. The long duration of rain did allow us to make and decorate lots of kites so we could be ready for that moment when the rain stopped and the sun sparkled. As I write this, it is 90 degrees and sunny so I guess we bypassed spring and flew right into summer. My kites are ready! Hope yours are too.

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With the weather being so much a part of our news, I looked for additional information to help us understand it and its relation to kite flying.

Visit www.making-and-flying-kites.com/123/weather_wise_4.html.
Hit the back arrow to pages 2 and 3 if you want additional weather information.

I know school is just letting out for the summer, but the school year starts again in several months. Teachers, plan now for a great fall activity with kite making and flying. You can create science, art, history and culture lesson plans using kites as one of the activities. Check out our links for more information: www.kitesonaroll.com/links.htm.

Duck Brand EZ STart Printed Packing Tape adds decorations on kites. There are 4 colorful prints: Black Olives with fuscia, lime green and white, Pink Zebra with pink and black animal prints, Tie Dye blending pink, blue and purple and Green Peace full of peace signs and blue splatter. The tape is approximately 2” wide. Just be careful when using packing tape as it sticks quickly.

We would love some pictures for our Facebook page. Please send pictures of kite making and kite flying using our patterns that we could share with everyone.

Hints for an Easier Activity

Successful kite making depends upon how well the kite maker follows directions. Stress the need for accuracy and careful cutting. Correct placement and taping of sticks and bridle line are critical for successful kite flying. Using the sample pattern we send with each order, assemble a wonderful kite for the group to see and copy.

Tails are so much a part of kite making; not only do they provide stability so the kite won’t twist and turn, but they also make the kite look more attractive with the sight of tails fluttering about in the wind. They become line laundry.


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Spring 2011

When I went to celebrate the Chinese New Year I opened the best fortune: “It is a happy talent to know how to play.” What a great philosophy! I keep this posted by my computer to remind me about the importance of play. Kite flying is certainly play and I hope you make time for kiting this spring.

The March 11 earthquake and tsunami devastated much of Japan. As the president of the American Kitefliers Assoc. noted, “we all share the same sky.” This season’s coupon is a donation of your sale to the Japan Kite Association.

Kites…on a Roll® News

A Very Special Date: National Kite Month runs from March 26 to May 1, 2011 There is a great deal of kite information on www.NationalKiteMonth.org. Not just ideas to celebrate the month, but also lots of educational content. The goal is for hundreds of worldwide kiting events. Also, check www.aka.kites.org for many other kiting events during the next few months.

Celebrate Earth Day on April 22 by flying a kite. This day was set aside 31 years ago to show appreciation for earth’s natural environment. Can’t think of a better activity to commemorate the day!

We are very excited about our new Facebook Page. Join our fan page on Facebook.

Hints for an Easier Activity

Fun Facts for a kite lesson can be found at www.kitekids.co.uk/facts.html. The list gives you an idea of the range of kiting topics.


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Fall/Winter 2010

As an adult, I don’t have to go to school, but I can take many of the adult- ed classes offered. I recently enrolled in the study of Ben Franklin and am finding him to be such an amazing person. Of course his study of electricity and the use of kites had something to do with my decision to take the class. Ben’s birthday is Jan. 17; regardless of the weather, a lot can be done to celebrate.

Kites…on a Roll® News

A wonderful site, www.surfnetkids.com/ben_franklins_kite_experiment.htm, has various excerpts and links discussing this experiment conducted in
June 1752. 

The book, Benjamin Franklin: an American Life by Walter Isaacson, 2003, pages 140-142, gives a description of the experiment within the framework of his life and interest in scientific happenings.

For older kids, check out http://www.codecheck.com/cc/BenAndTheKite.html. This site discusses building and electrical codes, but B. Franklin is included because of his contributions.

Kit prices will be going up in January. Take advantage of the pricing now before it changes.

Two new links are added to our Links page: www.kitehistory.com/index.htm. By clicking on any of the historic individuals or kites, you will get quite a nice summary on the selected topic and www.scienceweekly.com/interactive/kites_Answers.pdf, presenting a brief discussion of kite history, kite parts and kite physics.

Hints for an Easier Activity

Duck® brand duct tape recently introduced new designs, prints and colors. Animals, the 60’s, hot rods and others are added to the familiar silver. Visit www.duckbrand.com/products/duck-tape.aspx and click on the color or pattern of interest.


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