About Our Make Your Own Kite Kits
Each Kite Kit contains precut sail and frame which means that no cutting materials are needed and it’s safe for children to handle.
The sail can be decorated with a large variety of paints, makers, crayons and other colouring materials.
Made of Tyvek, a special durable paper-like materials that does not tear. It can be handled easily like paper but is a durable and tough kite fabric
Size: 77*63cm (excluding tail)
Each kit includes a LARGE diamond kite 77cm x 63cm, a tail, fiberglass rods, tape, a 30m line with a handle plus instructions
Why Flying Kites is an excellent activity for children
While flying a kite might seem like a simple activity, there is a lot more going on than meets the eye. Not only have children used their creativity to design and decorate their kite but upon heading outside to fly the kite they work on developing their hand eye coordination, gross motor skills and spacial awareness.
The act of flying a kite can be used as lesson for so many things from reading the weather, to science, ecology and aerodynamics!
Tips for Making your own kite
Everything you need to construct your kite is included in the kit along with instructions on how to do so. We recommend decorating the kite first before assembly.
You can use almost anything to decorate your kite, pencils, crayons, paint etc but you do want to keep in mind that the kite must remain light in order to fly so no thick layers of paint or heavy embellishments.
You can have children free draw their designs or print and trace pictures onto the kites for them to colour in. We’ve had lots of schools and centres purchase kites for particular events and festivals i.e. Spring Festivals and so kids were asked to base their designs around a single theme i.e. spring flowers!
Tips for flying your own DIY kite
Step 1 is the weather! The optimal conditions for flying your newly decorated kite is a slight breeze and make sure it’s not too windy, you want the leaves on trees to be moving in the wind but not so much that they are shaking wildly around. If the leaves aren’t moving at all then it’s best to wait for another day, there’s nothing sadder that running at full speed just to watch the kite crash down as soon as you stop. Also it probably goes without saying but never fly your kite in the rain or during thunderstorms!!
Next you’ll want to find a large open space for your kite flying, think your local football field or the beach ideally you want to be able to run and run with the kids without coming anywhere near potential hazards such as powerlines or roads.
Speaking of safety it’s a great idea to start off any kite flying session (especially for the first time) with a brief talk on how to fly a kite safely, including being aware of your surroundings and making sure you never bring your kite close to others. You can also cover off how to launch and direct your kite whilst it’s in the air.
There are many ways to launch your kite, kids in particular love running to launch their kite and that’s great for their fitness levels so should be encouraged. It’s probably not the most effective method though as they quite often have trouble timing the release of the kite which can see it rocket straight into the ground.
If the wind conditions are right you should have no problem launching the kite from a standing position, have the wind to your back and hold the kite high above you and angle it up to the sky. You should be able to feel the best angle when the wind starts pulling at the kite, simply release and watch it fly!
Bringing the kite in is easy just wind the line around the handle to bring it in.