Thursday, November 11

Facts about kites

Facts About Kites

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


Today, we are on the 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 entertaining and captivating when flown in a vast open field amidst a gentle breeze. It is fascinating to note that the invention of kites dates back to the 5th century B.C., attributed to Chinese philosophers Mozi and Lu Ban. Initially serving military purposes, the Chinese military utilized kites for communication, cartography, wind assessment, and a myriad of other functions. Their versatile applications highlight the ingenuity and resourcefulness of ancient Chinese civilization.


Facts about kites:

1. In ancient China, kites were constructed using a bamboo framework and covered with silk. This ancient craft required skillful construction and showcased the elegant use of traditional materials.

2. During the Civil War, ingenious individuals utilized kites to transport vital mail and newspapers across the water from Virginia to Maryland. This innovative method contributed significantly to the burgeoning concept of air mail, laying the groundwork for future developments in mail transportation.

3. Kites have been used as tactical tools in warfare throughout history. The American military notably employed box kites for various purposes during World War II, such as aerial observation and communication. These kites were not only used for military intelligence but also for laying communication wires and antennas.

4. The longest time a kite has been in continuous flight is an incredible 180 hours, which is more than a whole week since there are only 168 hours a week. This impressive feat demonstrates modern kites' endurance and capabilities and ability to soar for extended periods of time.5. Kite flying was banned in Japan in 1760 because more people were flying kites than working!!

6. On June 10, 1752, Benjamin Franklin conducted a groundbreaking experiment to understand the nature of lightning. He flew a kite with a key tied to it during a thunderstorm, intending to demonstrate that lightning was a form of electricity. This pivotal event in history significantly contributed to understanding the fundamental principles of electricity.

7. To launch a kite successfully, you must understand the forces at play. Lift is the force that allows the kite to ascend into the air, and it is generated by the flow of air over the kite's surface. Gravity, on the other hand, pulls the kite downward toward the Earth due to its weight. The kite flyer can generate thrust by running forward and pulling on the string to counteract gravity. This forward movement provides the necessary wind speed over the kite's surface to create lift. Additionally, the drag caused by the kite's tail helps stabilize the kite by preventing excessive sideways movement.

8. Engaging in the activity of flying kites provides an excellent opportunity to enhance your motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and balance. Additionally, flying kites is a fantastic way to exercise while enjoying the outdoors and seeing your colorful creations soaring in the sky.

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 their/children.


Grab this awesome kite printable and get ready to soar!

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