Winter Kite Making Becomes Spring Kite Flying

Young Girl in Winter Kite Making Class

Winter Kite Making Now Brings us Closer to Spring

It’s hard to think of kites when we endured some extremely cold weather and blizzardly conditions. But every day brings us closer to Spring! A sure sign of the coming season is the appearance of gardening catalogs in mailboxes. That’s our cue to think of kites.  And you never know, there might be a glorious spring day in February (February 8 is National Kite Flying Day ) when we wished we could go kite flying.  

So let’s get prepared!  Set aside a day for winter kite making. Bring out the folded-up kites from last fall, air them out, and examine them to see if they need any repairs. Or, look for that kite pattern you want to make and create it now! Invite a fellow kite maker over and have a group session. The beauty of making kites with family and friends teaches people that they can make things and learn to use them, that real life is to be experienced.

There are many winter kite making workshops in early spring.  Check out American Kitefliers Association and see what events the AKA calendar lists for early spring. There might even be winter flying dates listed in an area near you. The recent weather has left most of us with cabin fever. We need to get outside. If we plan to repair or make our kites while the weather is keeping us in, we will be ready for that first sunny, comfortable day to go out.

Benefits of Winter Kite Making Now

Winter Kite Making Sky

Regardless of the weather, kite making and kite flying become an important part of your state of mind. Bogged down by the stresses and strains of today’s world, people often wish for the simpler days. There was time to spend outdoors with family and friends, enjoying the fresh air together, making the time to go outside and play. Most of us go outdoors just to do errands or to rush to that next appointment. We don’t get to explore nature and make discoveries, to enjoy life with people of different generations.

Families and friends need an activity to gather around outdoors and an activity in which everyone can participate. Kites bring to mind the brilliant sun, dazzling colors, the majesty of flight and the power of the wind. We need those sensations back in our lives again. We need to be reminded that the world around us, the natural world, is wondrous and healing, regardless of the weather.

Kites promote health and joy, a sense that all is right with the world. This is why we are so positive about kite making and kite flying in the coming year!

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S.T.E.M., S.T.E.A.M., KITE MAKING and KITE FLYING

KITING is the perfect STEM/STEAM activity!Kite making and kite flying are the perfect hands-on activities for the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and STEAM ( adding the Arts to STEM) curricula. These major areas of study encourage kids of all ages to understand how the world around us works, foster creative and critical thinking, involve problem-solving skills, and engage the student in active learning experiences.

KITING is the perfect STEM/STEAM activity!

Kite making and kite flying can be as easy or as complicated as you want it to be. Each time you engage in kiting, you are employing at least two of the STEM/STEAM components. That’s why KITING is the perfect STEM/STEAM activity!

Kite making & flying as a STEM activity

 S science: weather, physics, wind, aerodynamics, scientific research, Ben Franklin and Alexander Graham Bell

 T technology: kite design, scientific research, kite aerial photography

 E engineering: kite design, instruments for using kites for scientific research, uses of kites through the ages

 M  math: geometry, measurements such as altitude, length of kite line and tails, distance.

Turn STEM into STEAM

Turn STEM into STEAM by adding the (arts)designing the kite, decorating the kite, reading about kites through literature or poetry.

If you are involved in STEM/STEAM programming, consider kite making and kite flying as activities to encourage your students’ hands-on learning and hands-on exploration of the world around them.

 

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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!