Winter 2012/2013

Kites…on a Roll® Newsletter: Make Kite Crafts during cold months or as gifts!

I think Kite Making and Kite Flying are like gardening; there’s prepping, enjoying, harvesting and cleaning up/repairing to be ready for the next year. We have had a gorgeous autumn with many kite flying days. But the time will come that those days will be tucked away. Time to repair and build new kites while waiting for Spring to be in the air.

Kite Craft: Give a personal gift from the heart.

The holidays are almost here. Time for family and friends to be together. What to do during all these times– step out of the box for a minute: our kite craft kits assemble into wonderful gifts. Think about it—lots of holiday gifts are hand crafted. Instead of candy, cookies, fancy foods, why not make kites and decorate them for the person receiving them? A perfect individual gift that tells whoever is getting the kite that you are encouraging him/her to release the kid inside.

Enjoy the Holidays in more ways than one by making a kite craft for a loved one this year.

Shop our kite crafts for kids of all ages.

Helpful Links:

NASA has updated its KiteModeler software based upon users comments. Visit www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/K-12/airplane/kiteprog.html and try to experiment with their software. Could be a great class project!

Additional Kite Information Sites

A middle schooler, Brittany, found this site for us. An easy-to-read kite flying guide with lots of information. Thanks, Brittany.http://www.cheapflights.com/travel/unique-flights-kite-flying/

Another site, www.best-breezes.squarespace.com, focuses on the history and science of kites. A blog is part of this too.

And don’t forget www.my-best-kite.com/how-does-a-kite-fly.html and www.my-best-kite.com/simple-explanation-for-how-kites-fly.html for a simple explanation of how flying a kite works.

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Summer/Fall 2012

The last time I “talked” with you, we were experiencing a very early spring. It was wonderful. We are now begging for rain and a break in the heat and sunny weather. I guess we are never satisfied. Hopefully, your summer is going well, and that you have had lots of chances to fly kites.

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We are learning how to use social media. We have a Facebook page–facebook.com/kitesonaroll, a Linkedin membership and a Pinterest board. Sometimes, I miss the telephone conversations, but we would love to hear from you through those media. Please contact us with kite information, a kite question or just send a “hi”.

As it gets closer to school planning, consider kite making for the 3 R’s: Reading instructions, wRiting decorations on the kites, aRithmetic for correct measurement. This is also a good activity for the beginning of the school year because the kids still have summer energy that can be harnessed for the wind.

Please note that shipping charges, with UPS and USPS have increased.

Hints for an Easier Activity

I recently found an interesting website explaining how kites fly. The site comes with 2 descriptions, one more scientific than the other, but basically covering the How. Visit http://www.my-best-kite.com/how-does-a-kite-fly.html and http://www.my-best-kite.com/simple-explanation-for-how-kites-fly.html.

If your kitemakers feel that they have indeed created a flying masterpiece, you might want to suggest that they sign, date and frame (or leave alone) their artwork to hang on a wall. That makes the kite a year-round objet d’art.

Someone passed on this suggestion: Mr. Clean’s Magic Eraser works well on our kite sails when there is a mistake made with crayons (writeable coating on the Sled and Malay Bird) or oil pastels.


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Winter/Early Spring 2012

I just had to put Early Spring, especially since a large number of gardening catalogs are arriving in my mailbox. Everyday is that much closer to Spring. Definitely time to bring out your kites, repair them, fold them away carefully and check your string. Making kites is also a good winter project. This is the time to plan for your spring kite event and check out National Kite Month (March 31-May 6, 2012). Register your event at www.nationalkitemonth.org for a chance to win prizes.

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We found an informative website that might give you some kite information in an easy format: www.nyke.org, the site of the New York Kite Enthusiasts. The section About Kites has two sub-topics–Kite Types and Kite Basics; they are quite helpful.

Another site that would give helpful information is www.skydelight.com/dic.html. This is a rather large dictionary of kite terms. Pick and choose those definitions that are relevant to your project.

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Hints for an Easier Activity

Be aware that wind at ground level could be manageable, but that wind above ground, or wind that is blocked by trees and buildings is quite different.

We have included The Beaufort Wind Scale on our Links page. Even though this scale was developed for sailors in 1805 by British Rear-Admiral Sir Francis Beaufort, it is very helpful for kite fliers. By looking to see what is happening to leaves, smoke, and other environmental action, you can gauge how good the wind will be for your kite. The best kiteflying winds range from a steady 4-20 mph.

When cutting out the patterns, look for apial symmetry–a fancy term meaning that the kite must be exactly the same on the left side of the spine as on the right.


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