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!

Winter 2013/14

Kites…on a Roll® Newsletter:Winter 2013/14 Prepare for Kiting!

I received my first garden catalog today; days are getting longer in the northeast (tho it doesn’t seem it); the holidays will soon be over. Before you know it, signs of Spring will appear. Time to repair older kites, build new kites and plan for kite flying events!

 

Help with Kite Making

We have 3 different patterns for different ages and abilities. We have “graded” our kits but the following article might help you select what is right for your group:

http://www.examiner.com/article/how-to-choose-age-level-appropriate-art-projects-foryouth-groups

New decorative tape: We found different kinds of decorative tape that might make your kite making more creative. Scotch®Expressions Packaging Tape comes in a roll measuring a little under an inch (.94”) x 20 yards and Craft Essentials tape from Jo-Ann Stores, two small rolls of different patterns in one package.

One of our Facebook readers recommended a link with bits and pieces of kite information: http://www.air-n-water.com/articles-wbp-air-flow-kites.htm. Check it out!

 

Dates to Honor Kites

 Several dates to consider when planning to make kites with a group: Ben Franklin’s birthday Jan. 17 , Chinese New Year January 31, 2014, the Year of the Horse (The Chinese also call this time of year Spring Festival. They were thought to have developed the kite.), Alexander Graham Bell’s birthday on March 3 (In addition to the telephone, he designed the tetrahedron kite while trying to create man lifting devices), National Kite Month, April 2014 (for lots of information visit www.nationalkitemonth.org) , and various kiting events throughout the country found at http://www.kite.org. This is the website for the American Kitefliers Assoc., and I think you will be pleased with all the information.

 

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Spring 2013

Kites…on a Roll® Newsletter: Spring 2013! Time to Make a Kite

Even though we are going through some rough weather, Spring is just around the corner. My daffodils are pushing through the soil, birds seem to be chirping more–the air just smells differently. Time to get the kites made or kite making events planned!

Kite Patterns: Ideas for themes and encouraging creativity

Sometimes when you want to make a kite, but you don’t have any inspiration, it helps to think about the season. Here are some ideas for kite patterns: Several dates to consider when planning to make kites with a group: Ben Franklin’s birthday Jan. 17 (a little late for this year, but keep in mind for 2014), Chinese New Year Feb. 10 2013 (The Chinese were thought to have developed the kite.), Alexander Graham Bell’s birthday on March 3 (In addition to the telephone, he designed the tetrahedron kite while trying to create man lifting devices), National Kite Month, April 2013 (visit www.nationalkitemonth.org for lots of information) , and various kiting events throughout the country found at http://www.kite.org.. This is a new website for the American Kitefliers Assoc., and I think you will be pleased with all the information.

Once you decide on a kite pattern, encourage each child to express their own creativity.

When you help kids decorate their kites, stress that there is no right or wrong design. The kitemaker is free to interpret his/her world. However, this does not apply to the assembly of the kite: for it to fly, instructions need to be followed, not interpreted.

We have 3 different patterns for different ages and abilities. In addition to our guidelines for age-appropriate kite making projects, visithttp://www.examiner.com/article/how-to-choose-age-level-appropriate-artprojects- for-youth-groups for more age-directed suggestions.

Kite making is not only fun, it is also quite educational. The activity is a good introduction to flight (aerodynamics) and weather (meteorology). Each kite pattern flies a different way and its fun to experience each one. There are different ways of presenting these sciences depending upon the age group.

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