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.

Kites…on a Roll® News

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.

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

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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