Even though summer solstice is still a few weeks away, since Memorial Day weekend is here I feel summer has officially begun. One of the ways I like to celebrate summer is getting out and flying a kite.
I know it sounds like a bad Charlie Brown moment, but I love going kite flying. It is a great way to spend some time outside, breathe fresh air and get the blood moving. It is an activity that appeals to kids of all ages (sorry, I just had to use that expression). Plus, flying a kite for just 20 minutes burns about 100 calories. Imagine how many you can burn kite flying for an entire afternoon.
Here are a few tips for your kite flying adventure:
- Make sure there is some light to moderate wind. Flying a kite with no wind means a lot of running!!!
- Find a spot that is free of trees and power lines. Beaches are a great place for kite flying.
- To get the kite up, just let out a small length of kite string and, holding the string in your hand, run with the kite behind you until the wind lifts it.
There are many kite styles to choose from (we have a lovely mermaid kite that my 4 year old selected), but you can always make your own. Here are some great instructions for making a basic Diamond Kite.