There's also learning which accompanies the fun: construction, aerodynamics, and the behavior of the wind. Kite flying can be enjoyed alone, with friends or as a parent and child activity. Age and gender are irrelevant, and the low cost makes the fun accessible to all.
- Spine: The framework upon which the kite is built. A vertical stick, usually wood or plastic.
- Spar: The cross-piece, often curved or bowed.
- Cover: Plastic, paper or fabric covering material which catches the wind.
- Bridle: String attached to the frame and hanging down. The kite line attaches to the bridle.
- Kite Line: The line from the bridle to the person flying the kite.
- Tail: A long ribbon or string with knotted bits of material which helps balance the kite. Not all kites need a tail.
- Reel: The spool you wind the kite line around.
- Long Line: Estimate what you think you’ll need and get twice as much line. 500′ of line is adequate for average kite flying.
- Strong Line: Don’t scrimp on the line. Thin, braided line is strong, durable and low-stretch.
- Size: Small kites are easier to transport and launch, especially for beginners.
- Design: Simple designs are easier to repair and often easier to launch and fly. A simple, inexpensive kite is also less painful to lose if there’s a mishap.
- Bright Color: A climbing kite gets small in a hurry – you want to be able to see it!
- Reel: A larger reel pays out and rewinds the line faster and easier. Get a good reel: you’ll still have it even if the kite breaks free or gets hung up.
Caution: Be careful to keep your kite well away from trees and power lines!