Mom to Kid: Go Fly a Kite

I have always loved flying kites. Maybe it’s because I was born in the spring, typically the best kite-flying time of year, or maybe I’m just a little flighty (get it?), but over the years I have flown a lot of kites.

Thanks to some close but not too-close hurricanes in our area over the past couple of weeks, we’ve enjoyed some unusually windy days that have been perfect for kite flying. After a fun afternoon testing out my son’s new Star Wars kite, I got to wondering about how popular kites are in other parts of the world.

As always, I turned to the Internet, which offered some immediate answers.

There’s a wikispaces devoted to a student project on kites that incorporates children from China, the United States, Pakistan, India, Australia, South Korea, and Slovenia.

This site has so many pictures of kites – and kite fliers – from around the world that you’re sure to see something you’ve never seen before!

I even found out that the United States has an entire museum dedicated to kites in Washington state.

And finally, here’s how to make your own kite (if you don’t have a cool Star Wars one already).

But no matter how much research you do, nothing takes the place of actually flying one yourself, preferably with someone who actually knows how to make the kite airborne!

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