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  • Fun Kite Flying Books for Kids

    Flying Kites: Hands-on Science
    Kite flying is one of those great science activities where the kids can experience what's happening while they have some fun.

    A few of the principles that you can discuss with the kids include:
    Wind pressure/force - this is needed to keep the kite in the air.  Explain that flying a kite on a non-windy day is very difficult. You might be able to run with the kite and have it fly a little, but in order for a kite to stay airborne for a long period of time, it requires the force of the wind.

    For a kite flying activity, the wind pressure is called lift.  This lift is what counteracts the force of gravity.

    Gravity - this is a basic science term that many kids will understand.  Gravity is the force that pulls things toward the earth.  If you toss an object into the air, gravity is what pulls it to earth UNLESS there is another force that acting on the object that is stronger than the force of gravity.  In the case of kite flying, if the wind pressure is stronger than the force of gravity, your kite will fly. 

    Now, this also has to do with the weight of the kite.  We brought two kites out on our excursion.  One was a very light-weight kite (our Barbie-themed kite) and the second was a heavier one (our dragon kite).

    If you have older kids/teens, you can also introduce Newton's 1st & 3rd Laws of Motion and Bernouli's Theorem for this activity.  And yes, teens do still fly kites -- our 15-year-old enjoyed some kite flying during our afternoon too.

    It took almost no effort to send the Barbie kite up in the air and it flew for quite a long time.  The dragon kite was much more of a challenge.  After many attempts, we finally got it airborne - woo hoo!

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