Fall 2011

Sometimes I combine seasons for my newsletter. This time I just don’t have the heart to write Fall/Winter 2011. Tomatoes are just turning, deer still have a warm tawny colored coat, crickets are chirping and high school bands are practicing.

Kites…on a Roll® News

Wildwood NJ is the site for the annual American Kitefliers Association National Convention. The dates for this sky filled event are Sept. 26-Oct. 1, 2011. Contact Maggie Vohs at 541-994-4252 or cameo@wcn.net for more information. If you can’t be there, go to www.aka.kite.org/calendar to find a kite event near you.

Kiting is definitely international. The word “kite” translates into so many languages, e.g. in Dutch it is vlieger, in French it is cerf volant, in Spanish it is cometas while in Mexican it is papalote, which also means butterfly. Each word has its own story or meaning. What fun to discover them all! Check out our www.kitesonaroll.com/globalization.htm for the international connection. To find out about kites in specific cultures, visit www.drachen.org/learn/kite-cultures.

Hints for an Easier Activity

I saw an idea for an activity for younger children that might be a good project for teaching the value of friendship. Visit http://www.surfnetkids.com/friendship_crafts.htm. The site discusses friendship crafts, those art projects that can be made with friends, for friends, or ice breakers. There are so many reasons for this project. Kite making, to me, is one of those perfect friendship projects to be enjoyed while making and flying.

Looking for a brief description of basic kiting: go to www.drachen.org/learn/kite-basics. You’ll find many concepts described.

Sharpie has just come out with a new highlighter with great colors that won’t dry out, smear or bleed through. Ask for the Sharpie Marker Gel at office supply or craft stores.


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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.

Kites…on a Roll® News

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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