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Seattle Kite Festival
CHINESE NEW YEAR...
Year of the Snake (Jr. Dragon) Multiples of 12 zodiac
IMAGES OF SNAKE KITES
Kite Flying in JAPAN
Timeline for the history of FLIGHT
CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER OF KITE HISTORY

A kite consists of these basic parts:

  • The Spine. The up-and-down, or vertical stick that you build your kite around.
  • The Spar. The support stick(s), that are placed crossways or at a slant over the spine. Sometimes they are curved or bowed.
  • The Frame. The joined spine and spars, usually with a string connecting their ends, that form the shape of the kite and make a support for the cover.
  • The Cover. The paper, plastic, or cloth, that cover the frame to make a kite.
  • The Bridle. One or more strings attached to the spine or spars, which help control the kite in the air.
  • The Flying Line. The string running from the kites’ bridle, where you hold to fly the kite.
  • The Tail. A long strip of paper or plastic of ribbon that helps to balance the kite in flight. Not all kites need tails.
  • The Reel. The object you use to wind your flying line, to keep it form getting tangled or flying away.
Other Terms for the kite flier:
  • Dihedral. The bend of a kite
  • Sail. The skin or cover of the kite.
  • Flaps. Openings or cuts that hang from the top of the kite.
  • Leading Edge. Top section of the kite
  • Trailing Edge. Bottom section of the kite.
  • Lift and drag...

The Drachen Foundation
Pre made kite kits
About Kites Panels

Using Kites to Teach Science article

Sandra Skea , a fifth grade teacher at The Mott Hall School in New York City, describes an interdisciplinary project in which her students researched, designed, built, and wrote about kites. article


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To save you a lot of time downloading different plans, here is a list grouped according to suitability.

RECIPE AND DIRECTIONS FOR MAKING YOUR OWN KITE

Make a kite from BBQ skewers and White Kitchen tidy bag, with perhaps a bread bag cut into a long streamer for a tail.

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