Merry Month of Kite Making

April, the month of kite making

April – The Month of Kite Making

April 1-30th is National Kite Month A whole month of kite making! Thirty days devoted just to kite making, kite history and kite flying, just plain good old-fashion kite fun!

What could be better!! April, as the first full month of Spring,  is the perfect time to clean out the cobwebs and let out the kite line. Spring weather encourages people to get outside and become active again. We begin a fresh start after being cooped up indoors during the dark, colder months. Even the green shoots of new grass signal a fresh, invigorating start to our daily life.

Many ways to enjoy kites

Kids Holding Delta Kite they made during month of kite making

National Kite Month is all about kites, making kites, flying kites and sharing kites with others. There are many ways to do this:

Make a kite with friends or family, then fly your project.

Organize a kite festival for your town, park, school, library, scout group.

If your birthday falls during April, celebrate with kite making and kite flying. Top off the day with great kite looking desserts.

Teach someone about kites–their science and scientific impact, cultural backgrounds, historical significance.

Register your kite event on the National Kite Month website: http://www.nationalkitemonth.corg/register-an-event

Month of Kite Making – Dates of Note

While the whole month of April is National Kite Month, there are specific dates during that month that give additional reasons for your kiting celebrations:

April 3:

World Party Day-A day to make the world a better place–make a kite and fly it with friends

April 4:

National Fun Day-Enhance your sense of fun with the delight of kite making and kite flying

April 12:

Big Wind Day marking the 1934 reading of the fastest wind clocked at 231 mph. No kite flying that day

April 14:

Look Up at the Sky Day- Fly the kite you made as high as you can.

April 16:

National Stress Awareness Day–Kite making and kite flying are great stress reducers

April 22:

Earth Day-Honor our place on earth flying a kite you made in the air

April 24:

World Intellectual Property Day–Look at all the kite patents! kitepatents.blogspot.com

April 29:

National Arbor Day. Keep your kite out of a tree

Get your kite making materials

Great reasons to celebrate the month of April and National Kite Month.  Check out our website for great products to help you play this month!

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!

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 purchase any of our products, please check out our store to order your kite kits!

 

Kite kit decorating — more fun, more creative, more you!

Decorating kite kit

SPRING IS ALMOST HERE

Spring weather is just around the corner. Time to bring out your kites or materials to make them. If the kite is already made, then check to make sure all the kite spars are there and fit. And the kite sail does not need repair. If you are making your kite kit into a kite, then the fun is just beginning.

KITE KIT DECORATING TIPS

You need to remember some decorating concepts before purchasing different items.  You need to consider the material of the kite kit sail.  If it is paper, you will be able to use any crayon or water soluble marker. A paper sail is not as strong as a plastic one so don’t plan to weigh down the sail with lots of stickers. If the sail is plastic, then you will be able to use only permanent markers as water-soluble markers smear on plastic.

The Kites…on a Roll® kite kits are made of plastic.  Any marker, paint or nail polish has to be permanent.  Any water-soluble product will not stick to plastic; the color will only smear. Sample the marker on the edge of the plastic to see how it looks or sticks. (Make sure you allow enough time for the colors to dry.)  The Fly Me Kite kite kits are made of paper so crayons or water-soluble markers will work. There is a writable coating on our Kites…on a Roll® Sled kits so you could use crayons.  They are not as bright as permanent markers.

Since our plastic is translucent, large pictures or line drawings can be placed under the plastic to trace.  Look for coloring books that offer great pictures for tracing. A book of flags is an ideal place to find drawing ideas.

If working with permanent markers, purchase the thin, vinyl (without latex) gloves at a food, hardware or medical supply store. These gloves keep little hands clean. Office supply stores have large Avery Dennison labels in many great colors, and shapes. While there, look for permanent markers and multi-colored tape and patterned duck tape in the aisles.

TYPES OF SUPPLIES

Kite kit supply ideas
Kite kit supply ideas

The craft stores carry many scrapbooking items that can decorate your kite kit. Just remember that the kite goes up in the air so the designs need to be large. And since the kite goes up in the air be aware of added weight to your kite.

When purchasing supplies for completing your kite kit, do consider the age and abilities of your kite makers and the amount of time you have for the kite making. We estimate the kite building time with each kit, but decorating is subjective and does take extra time.  Please allow for that time in your lesson. Make the sample we send you so the kite makers can see what the finished product will be like. That sample allows you to try different bits and pieces that you purchased at all the wonderful stores beckoning your creative ideas.

We have lots of newspaper bags for your kite makers to take home their rolled-up finished kites.  Let us know how many you need – free of charge!

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!

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 purchase any of our products, please check out our store to order your kite kits!

 

 

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!

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 purchase any of our products, please check out our store to order your kite kits!