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Flying a kite is one of those things I feel every child just has to try. There are a number of things I think everyone should do when young, like making dens, jumping in mud puddles, building sand castles and flying a kite. My husband was never so keen on the idea, but when we went to buy our first kite insisted on a rather tricky looking stunt kite with two main strings and more string going everywhere, as it was marked down quite a bit and a good deal. I asked if he could fly it. Of course he could any idiot could fly a kite - LOL. Well, for those of you familiar with Peanuts - he made Charlie Brown look like an expert and kites became a sore subject in our house. I suppose my laughing so much didn't help. But it wasn't just him, none of the local children could get it to fly either. I could laugh of course, but I knew I had no hope of flying it.
Next we tried a number of cheaper disposable kites. Many of these got airborne, but the first rough landing they disintegrated into many pieces. At around £3, they really weren't the best deal. This is a little bit more, at £7.25 from Amazon, but I was lucky enough to pick it up, new in packaging for a whopping .10 pence. Considering the fact that it has lasted over 3 years with countless crash landings and even one incident with a kite eating tree, I'd be more than happy with this at full price, and may well buy another so each boy can fly his kite at the same time.
As you can see in the photo, this kite is just a plain basic diamond shape. It only has one string, and a simple rainbow design. It is made of something called spinnaker, or rip stop nylon with fibreglass struts. The material is very thin and light and but extremely sturdy and seems nearly impossible to tear. This material is also used to make sails, hot air balloons and even parachutes. I measure this kite at roughly 30" x 28", plus a very long tail. It's a nice looking kite, and I even have it hanging up in our computer / school/ play room, where it fits in quite well with a flight and transport theme, and brightens up the plain blue wall.
Of course none of this matters if this does not fly. A bit of wind is a prerequisite, but this will go up in a light breeze to a fairly heavy wind. I would not risk in gale force, but we have flown this under a variety of weather circumstances. It has always gone up easily enough, and once my husband gets it flying, both of my sons take turns flying it. With a decent breeze and a bit of string, you really could keep this up all day. The children like running with it though and pulling the string about to make it dive, and it does end up diving to far at times, and comes crashing to the ground. No worries, it always goes back up again, and except for a very slight amount of fading from the summer I had this hanging in a window, This looks as good as new. I do that the thin fibreglass bend easily. I think this flexibility is what keeps them from snapping on impact, as they can bend to absorb the shock.
There are of course far more expensive kites available, many of which can perform all sorts of aerobatic manoeuvres and stunts. This kite doesn't really do any tricks, it just flies. But with two small children and no real kite flying skills, that is good enough for me. It does one thing, but does it very well. The children absolutely love this kite, and that is good enough for me.