How to Fly a Kite


A windy day in the park might keep you from flying a paper airplane outdoors, but it could be the perfect day to practice launching a

Things You'll Need

  • Kite Spools
  • Kite Strings
  • Picnic Basket
  • Picnic Blankets
  • Strips Of Cloth For Tail
  • Kites
  • Check your local weather report to determine if conditions are favorable for kite flying. Look for light to moderate winds if you're a beginning kite flier or gustier winds if you are more experienced. A wind speed of 5 to 15 mph is best for kite flying.

  • Find a large and windy open area free of trees and power lines - two things that are notoriously dangerous for kites and their owners.

  • Hold the kite in both hands and toss it lightly into the wind until the wind catches it. This works well when the wind is moderately strong.

  • Alternatively, let out a small length of kite string and, holding the string in your hand, run with the kite behind you until the wind lifts it.

  • Begin letting out string until the kite reaches a height with which you are comfortable. Good heights generally range from 50 to 100 feet.

  • Keep an eye on your kite, as it may come crashing down because of sudden changes in wind. If it dips, run or pull in the string a bit to give it some lift.

  • Bring the kite down by slowly winding the kite string around a kite spool.

  • Reach out and grab the kite before it hits the ground to avoid damaging it.

Tips & Warnings

  • Tighten the string around a spool and secure the spool to the ground if you want to tend to other activities.
  • Tie additional ribbon or strips of cloth to the tail to increase the stability of diamond kites in gusty winds.
  • Stay away from electrical lines! If a kite becomes entangled, leave it there. And never fly your kite during a thunderstorm.
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