February 8 is National Kite-flying Day! Living in Wisconsin, it seems like a weird time of year for this, but in other places it would work. I love the concept as it reminds me of the ending song in Mary Poppins. Let's go fly a kite! Though with over a foot of snow, we will need to wait for spring.
There are a lot of things that go into the design of a kite and getting it to fly. Drag, lift, wind pressure and thrust have a lot to do with it. You need open space and some wind to help your kite get up into the air and stay there.
History of kite-flying
In the 1200s, Italian explorer, Marco Polo, brought back a Chinese kite when he returned to Italy.
In 1752, Benjamin Franklin had his famous kite moment. This incident was, of course, when he used one to demonstrate lightning’s electrical nature.
Throughout the 1800s, kites were then used for scientific research.
The Kite Runner was published in 2003. This book by Khaled Hosseini became one of the most popular modern novels.
Activities to do on National Kite-Flying Day
- Fly a kite, of course!
The most obvious way to celebrate National Kite-Flying day is by actually going to fly a kite. Make sure to note it on social media and use “NationalKiteFlyingDay to set it apart. If you are like me and it is winter, you may need to wait until spring to participate in this fun activity. Instead, you could shop for a new kite to make sure you are ready when the weather does cooperate.
- Watch Mary Poppins.
The best kite song is in Mary Poppins, so this movie is a great choice to celebrate the day as well. This song is “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” and it is very catchy. It takes place at the end of the movie when George Banks has a change of heart. He realizes what is the most important in his life: his children and spending time with them.
- Make your own kite.
If you are super ambitious, you can make your own kite. All you need are the materials: wooden sticks, plastic or fabric, paper, string and glue. You can decorate the kite however you want to with stickers, ribbons, glitter and crayons. This activity is great for your kids and it will be fun to see what they come up with as they have the freedom to decorate the kites however they want.
Fun kite facts
- The fastest kite was recorded to be flying 120 mph.
- The longest kite was 3,394 feet.
- The longest kite trip - a kite once flew for 180 hours.
- The largest number of kites on a single line was 11,284. This was done by a Japanese kite-maker.
Why kites and kite-flying day are awesome
- Kids are bananas about kites.
Kids love to fly kites. It is a magical experience to see a colorful kite flying through the air. It can be fun to build a kite together or just go fly one together. You can even teach them about the science of kite flying and expand their knowledge.
- Getting outside is good for you.
Even in the winter, getting outside is good for you. If it is not too cold, you can still get out and fly a kite. Bundle up, have fun and be sure to have hot chocolate or coffee waiting for you when you are done.
- It evokes a sense of nostalgia.
Kite-flying is a great way to remember your childhood. It can bring back great memories while building new ones with your own children.
- It is fun.
This is a fun activity to teach your kids. You can have fun doing something new with them. Make a day of it and pack a picnic lunch. You can enjoy a day at the park or out in the background while getting some exercise and having fun.
I love the idea of a day dedicated to flying a kite, but it is often tougher than you remember. Make sure to get a high-quality kite and brush up on how to fly one before venturing out with the kids or you may get really frustrated. Have fun!