On the beach, by the lake, in a park, and out in your backyard, flying kites has always been a fun family activity that creates great memories for kids and adults. Long summer days at the beach and family barbeques just beg for a kite to be flown in the breeze. Kite gifts are a perfect idea for any family as the summer season begins. Today’s technology makes flying easier, making the activity more kid friendly than ever before.
Selecting The Right Style
The best kites for kids to enjoy are the single line delta kite style. These flyers are triangular in shape and are flown with a single tethered string. This style makes for easy handling and a reliable flight in all types of wind conditions. They will fly on days when more complicated kites will be unable to handle well. These qualities are ideal for children who want to play outside and not worry about things like wind speed and direction. A larger kite will also fly slower and will help new flyers get the hang of proper control techniques. Once the basics are learned, a smaller kite will fly faster for a more exciting time.
Adding A Tail
Kite tails are a great way to make your flyer stand out and to add some fun personalization. They also make great kite gifts for a child who already loves to fly. These tails also have another purpose besides just looking good. A tail will help to stabilize a flyer and allow it to fly in higher winds. A long tail will help steady your kite in high winds and make flying easier and keep it aloft even longer. This is great for children’s kites since you do not want to frustrate your child with one that is constantly crashing. Tails can be added in order to slow a kite in fast winds, or taken off to speed up during a gentle breeze.
Fly During The Best Conditions
Ultimately, kite flying should be done in the best conditions to ensure everyone has fun and you aren’t wasting time and getting frustrated with constant crashes and a boring flight. Wind speed is the first important factor you need to take into hand; the best wind speed range is between 4 and 25 miles per hour. You can easily estimate wind speed by looking at a flag or treetops. A 4 mph wind will feel gentle to the face and cause flags to fly halfway upright in the wind. If a flag flies high in the wind, the speed is around 13 to 18 mph. If small trees start to sway, the wind speed is too high for safe kite flying. Also scan the skies to make sure there are no major storm clouds in sight.
Once you have clear skies and a nice breeze, you have to pick a good kite field. An open field is best with exposure from all directions to the wind. You want to be far from buildings and large trees as well as crowds, cars, and power lines. Safety is of the utmost importance for both yourself and your kites so avoiding these obstacles is paramount. Trees and buildings will also create downdrafts and updrafts that will make flying frustrating. Because of these factors, beaches and lakefronts usually make the best flying fields for kids, along with open parks or a big backyard.
Keeping all of these tips in mind will let you and your family enjoy flying kites all summer long and beyond.by staff
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