How to make and enjoy a Kite

How to make and enjoy a Kite

It is DIY, cheap and fun. The old fashioned kite is making a comeback. It is the perfect toy, quiet in use and it works without batteries.

The reason may be that the ancient kite (it has been flying the skies for well over 2,000 years) is ‘green’. Powered by the wind, it draws its owner into wide open spaces and the fresh air. When the owner is a child, the whole family tends to get involved. In short, and to use a common expression, ‘it is user friendly.’

During a holiday in America I visited a store entirely devoted to the sale of kites. It was an Aladdin’s cave with kites covering every surface. Hanging from the ceiling and covering the walls with their spectacular tails. They reminded me of sleeping beauties waiting for the kiss of a breeze to waken them from a long slumber.

‘Customers come from as far away as Germany,’ the shop assistant volunteered. She thought it was the variety available that attracted them. It was a refreshing store to stroll around, with not a battery or electronic device to be seen.

Even a paper bird, activated by a tightly wound elastic band, seemed a little out of place there.

A kite flies mainly because of wind pressure underneath which lifts it, the line keeping it under pressure. The tail adds drag to stabilise and keep the kite facing into the wind. Kite flying requires skill, coupled with a wind velocity of between 8-20 miles …