Tiptoe through the craft store, office supply store before decorating your kite

Kite kit supply ideas

I had the best time at Michaels the other day looking for items that will make my kite decorating more fun, more creative, more me. You could also go to JoAnn’s or any local craft store (one that has scrapbooking materials) and office supply store to find items to help you decorate your kite.

You need to remember some decorating concepts when purchasing different items.  The Kites…on a Roll® kits are made of plastic.  Any marker or paint 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 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  present great pictures for tracing. A book of flags is a great 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.

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

When purchasing supplies, 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 have picked up at all the wonderful stores beckoning your creative ideas.


 

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!

When Winter Comes, is Kite Flying Far Behind….

Kids Holding Delta Kite they made

Winter Solstice merges into longer daylight hours; the holidays become memories; dates on your 2016 calendars (whether paper or smartphone) begin to fill up; garden catalogs arrive in the mail or online; winter clothing clearance ads appear in the media. SPRING is on its way!! This is the time to check the kites you put away in the fall, time to build new kites, time to plan your kite flying events or check for any kiting events near you.

Determine what the kites that you rolled up in the fall will need to fly again.  If the dowels are broken or misplaced, wooden ones can be purchased at a hobby store. Carbon or other synthetic rods need to be purchased from stores that sell kite parts or the manufacturer.  You need to know the length and diameter of the dowels you’re planning to replace before calling to replace them.   Plastic or paper sails can be repaired if slightly damaged. Fabric sails can be patched with ripstop nylon tape or duck tape. Just make sure your repairs don’t create weight problems with the  sail. Tails can be replaced with ribbon, tied plastic strips or our Tail Material.

If you are planning a kite fly, start scoping out good flying areas now and reserve the space as soon as possible. Find volunteers to help with the kite making, kite flying, setting up of the field, and marketing for the event. Spring will be here before you know.  The month of April is National Kite Month–April 1-30, 2016 (www.nationalkitemonth.org); the perfect time to hold your event.  If you have never organized a kite fly, contact American Kiteflyers Association- www.aka.kite.org -for help or for the name of a kite club near you. If you are planning to have kite making workshops, order your supplies in enough time to allow for you to make your sample. Find out about the history, science, cultural uses of kites to create an introductory lecture to your kitemakers.

Take this time of year to plan and prepare for a wonderful kite flying season!


 

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!

 

 

KITE MAKING: ACTIVITY FOR BACK-TO-SCHOOL FRAME OF MIND

When I went to school, we always started the Wednesday after Labor Day.  Now, many schools start the middle of August.  It must be challenging for teachers and students to get caught up in the school environment when it is still summertime outside. Tomatoes are just turning, deer still have a warm tawny colored coat, crickets are chirping while high school bands are practicing.

Teachers need a bridge and KITE MAKING and KITE FLYING fit quite well into any school curriculum.  History, math, science, language, art–the study of kites and kite making make the perfect activity for enriching those subjects.

Historically, kites were used for military purposes, scientifically as the forerunner of the airplane, a tool to study weather. Studying altitude and angles requires math skills, and culturally many different countries have their own kite festivals to honor the gods, weather, harvest, aeronautical skill and good fun. If you look at our LINKS page, you will find lots of kite information that will help you as you find ways to bring kites into your back-to-school curriculum.

One of the best reasons for students to make kites (especially at the beginning of the school year) is learning how to follow instructions. We give you  detailed instructions for building any of our kite kits. If the instructions are not followed, the kite won’t fly.  That’s great feed-back.

Back-to-school activities in the classroom needn’t feel like back to school. Kite making and kite flying turn academic topics into fun and relevant courses of study.

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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! .