Hello my awesome TBSH friends! I just got back from a great trip to Washington with M (my son) in honor of his graduation from elementary. The trip was pretty darn amazing, and I’ll make sure I get that blog up soon for all of you that are interested! One thing I have to say, though, in that trip was how fun it was to watch people at the Washington Memorial fly their kites on what I feel was one of the windiest days I’ve seen in a long time. For the first time I didn’t mind my hair flying in every direction, knowing the tangled mess I’d have on my hands – it was so fun just lifting my head up like a school girl again and letting my mind wonder as kites were swarming the bright sky. Simply cool 🙂
And, wouldn’t coincidence have it that this recent kite-watching moment was so close to National Fly A Kite Day in America (June 15th to be exact)… seriously, who came up with this? I sat for a minute trying to remember the last time I had flown a kite (and I’m not counting the kind G – my husband – refers to when he’s kitesurfing!). Honestly, I think I must have been a kid the last time I have flown one. Well, the inspiration from seeing beautiful air floating in the skies + it being a national holiday was enough for me to want to do it again … except this time I wanted to have the memory with my kiddos 🙂
Not to get off topic … BUT – I love learning – literally OBSESSED with factoids! I didn’t want to keep some cool finds on the history of kites to myself … therefore, I thought I’d throw in some stuff into this post that also let you walk away with more than just how to make a cool kite to fly. Kites may be a modern-day activity for entertainment these days, especially on days where wind and sun conditions are apparent. But, take a peek at these top interesting facts about kites:
- Kites were originally created during 5th-century (BC) by Chinese philosophers. They were originally made with silk fabrics, which China at that time was the dominant maker and supplier of silk.
- By 529 (AD) paper kites were being made, and have even been recorded to have been used as a tool to deliver messages for rescue missions. Further, they have been known to be utilized in measuring distances, testing wind, lifting men, signaling, and communication for military purposes and operations. I think I am intrigued by that lifting men part 🙂
- The first kites were not the diamond shape we most know today – actually, they were rectangular!
- It is recorded that kites were introduced to Europe by Marco Polo towards the end of the 13th century; it took a while for the western civilization to pick up how they would like to use the kite and didn’t catch to using it as a tool for purpose until the 18th century when they began using them for scientific research. If you’re connecting dots you’ll quickly remember 1750 marks the year the famous Benjamin Franklin made public, thru a publication, his experiment while using a kite to introduce the concept of electricity during a lightening storm!
- Did you also know that the Wright Brothers, famously known as the inventors of the airplane, in the late 1800s relied heavily in kites as a source of instrumental research when developing the first airplane?
Okay! Now that we’ve checked off the list “I’ve learned something new today”, let’s get to some more fun stuff – getting a kite ready to fly.
How To Design and Fly Your Own Kite
(note: I put “your” italic because I hope you’re inspired to design and make your own … if not, that’s okay – go buy one and get kiting!)
I hope you are inspired to fly a kite today … or tomorrow … or this week! It was really fun doing this project with the kids and running around without a care in the world. I’m glad we didn’t run into each other 🙂 Keep safe and fly some awesome kites!
Curious … got any great kite flying tips, tricks, or stories? If so, share them! I’d love to hear about them!
XOXO – Bridge