Thursday, November 11

Facts about kites

Kite Facts

First, I want to say a big thank you to all the Veterans out there. Thank you for your service, your sacrifices, and our freedom!


Today we are on letter Kk of the Gratitude Alphabet! 

K is for Kite!

What are you Grateful for that begins with the letter K?

I am thankful for kites! Kites are fun to fly in a big open field on a windy day. Did you know that it is believed that kites were invented by the 5th century B.C. Chinese philosophers Mozi and Lu Ban? Kites were first used by the Chinese for military purposes. Kites have been used by the military for communication purposes, measuring distances, wind readings, and many other uses!


Facts about kites:

1. Kites were made out of bamboo and silk in China.

2. During the Civil War kites were used to fly mail and newspapers over the water from Virginia to Maryland. Maybe, that is how air mail came to be.

3. For centuries kites have been used in wars and battles. The American military used box kites during World War 2.

4. The longest time a kite was in flight was 180 hours. There are 168 hours in a week. So, that kite was in flight for over a week!!

5. Kite flying was banned in Japan in 1760 because more people were flying kites than they were working!!

6. On June 10, 1752, Benjamin Franklin used a kite with a key tied to it to prove that lightening was electricity, during a thunderstorm.

7. To fly a kite you need lift, gravity, thrust, and drag. Lift is the upward force that pushes the kite up into the air. Gravity is the downward force of weight that pulls the kite toward the center of the earth. The kite flyer can generate thrust by running forward and putting tension on the string. The drag caused by the tail of a kite keeps the kite from turning from side to side too much.

8. Flying kites is a great way to improve your motor skills, coordination, and balance. Flying kites is also a great way to get exercise!

Share a fact about kites with us?


Books about kites:

1. Kite Day: A Bear and Mole Story by Will Hillenbrand

2. Kite Flying by Grace Lin

3. Kindness is a Kite String: by Michelle Schaub

4. Let's Fly a Kite by Stuart Murphy

Parents make sure books are child friendly before reading them to your child/children.


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