Summer 2009

We are often asked how our kits are made. For several years I have been associated with a wonderful sheltered workshop, an organization that employs people with developmental disabilities to handle various services such as assembly (what they do for us), light manufacturing, packaging, etc.. By using MRPC, I have a dependable and dedicated workforce, and the assembling of my kits provide their employees with good and meaningful work. They really appreciate our orders, and I really appreciate their careful assembly.


Kites…on a Roll® News

While we work hard to get you a really good product when you need it, shipping can create delivery problems for you and us. Please note that UPS will not refund shipping costs if a problem is not reported within 15 business days. We send you an email when we ship the order with your confirmation number. Please let us know if you do not receive the package when we think you should or if the package is damaged. We can then notify UPS about the problem.

We know that there are times when you need the package for a certain event. That is why we put “Special Shipping Instructions” on the order form. Please use it if you need the kits by a certain date, if you have directions for the delivery person to follow, etc.

Hints for an Easier Activity

A fun site for more math than kiting is www.mathopenref.com/kite.html. This is perfect if you are trying to use kites for a math lesson.

A great suggestion for the Sled kit: When attaching the bridle line to the Sled kite, make a knot at both ends of the line before you tape the line to the kite. For more tape security, place a piece of tape across the tape covering the bridle line.

There are a lot of wonderful kite videos on Youtube. Go to youtube.com and enter “kites” in the Search box. You’re bound to find something quite entertaining and educational.

Have the kitemakers sign and date their kites on the front once they are done decorating. The signature truly finishes their masterpiece.


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Spring 2009

Coloring between the designated lines, outside the lines or within your own design is always a fun activity, no matter what your age. We want to create our own mark, reveal a bit of our personality or declare “Look what I did!” Kites…on a Roll® products encourage you to do all of this: inside, outside, all around the lines. And we have found several websites that help you create a kite coloring activity. Check out the list in Hints for an Easier Activity.


Kites…on a Roll® News

The American Kitefliers Association and Kite Trade Association International have designated March 28 ‘til May 3, 2009 as National Kite Month. Visit www.nationalkitemonth.org for free information on conducting workshops, kite plans, teacher help, resources, and event posting. Any event related to kiting (local fun flies, school demonstrations, kite making workshops, library displays, etc.) can be registered for free event posting.

Hints for an Easier Activity

Crayola has replaced its Construction Paper Crayons with a NEW product called Poster Crayon. It is a bit thicker and longer, but has the same intense colors–great for the Sled and Malay kite kits. Eight (8) crayons come in a box. The company also carries non-washable markers, but the box has no descriptive tag. Look for their markers that do not say washable.

Since our patterns are printed on a translucent plastic, tracings can be placed under the sail. This is especially good if kiteflyers can’t think of what images they want to place on their kites. These sites have good kite coloring pages to print that can be decorated as an activity or placed under the patterns for tracing: www.nationalkitemonth.org/kids/games/color1.gif, www.crayola.com/free-coloring-pages/search.cfm?txt_search=kites, http://morecoloringpages.com/kite_651.html. There are 3 coloring pages from the National Kite Month site, and they relate to kite safety.


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Fall/Winter 2008

Lauren Bacall is quoted as saying “Imagination is the highest kite that one can fly.” Making and flying your own kite really lets your imagination soar. The other plus for making your own kite is the value of learning to read and understand instructions–a really important life skill. If the steps are followed correctly, the pieces in the box become whatever you’re assembling or, as in our case, a kite that flies.


Kites…on a Roll® News

Classroom Activity: Pull out a map of the world and mark the different countries that are represented on our “Global Language of Kites”, a page that describes how different countries translate “kite” into their languages (http://www.kitesonaroll.com/globalization.htm). The universality of this activity will be wonderfully apparent.

Fall and winter (depending upon where you live) are wonderful kite flying seasons. Check www.aka.kite.org for many kiting events in your location and beyond during the next few months.

Kite Plans on the Internet: We are often asked about other kite plans. Another link on our Links page, www.kitesonaroll.com/links.htm, offers an expansive list of all kinds of kites to build. The list is in alphabetical order, so a quick scroll will lead you to what you would like to build. A quick click of the mouse will reveal a wonderful new kiting adventure.

Please note: Prices will be going up in January. Take advantage of this advance notice and order now for this year’s billing but next year’s shipping.

Hints for an Easier Activity

Books about Kites: Drachen Foundation has created an extensive bibliography of books for grades K-8. Kite making and kite flying are the focus of the books, not how to make or how to fly a kite. Go to our links page to find this list: www.kitesonaroll.com/links.htm.

Use as bright a color highlighter as you can find. Just make sure the ink dries on the sail before touching it, otherwise the color will smear.


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