Many Purposes Communicating with spirits and gods - Thailand and other cultures Fishing aid - Solomon Islands Announce the birth of a child - Korea Shrieking kites during battles - China Carrying a person into the air - China and Japan Fighting kites (kites that fight other kites) - India and Japan
HOW DO YOU CONSTRUCT A KITE? Decide on a shape or form. Design the sticks and frames for the kite. Choose the cover material - strong but light. Choose how you will stabilize your kite. Will you have a tail? Will you bow or vent your kite?
A Brief History of Kites China 478 BC it was recorded that a Chinese Philosopher, Mo Zi, spent 3 years making a hawk from wood which flew
Europe 230 B.C., when the Greek physicist Archimedes Fourteenth century - German military flew kites on horses Bow kite (developed in Germany) spread to France and England. 1749 - English astronomers
Wings 2 bamboo slats - 28" x 1/4" A. Shave bamboo so that center is 3/8" thick and ends are 1/8" thick. B.Bamboo should bend like an archery bow - evenly curved. Bamboo should curve at about 16" from center.
Tail - 1 bamboo slat - 26 "x 3/16" Shave bamboo so that center is 1/4" thick and ends are 1/8" thick. Bamboo should curve at about 10" from center
Use Sled Kite Template Cut out Sled Kite Decorate with crayons or markers Add tape to black circles Punch out holes marked by circles Tie 36 thread to each hole & loop middle Cut out air vent Add tail with tape Attach thread to kite
Rules *Never fly near power lines *Never fly in stormy weather *Never fly near trees *Never use metallic flying line *Never fly your kite near or over people. *Always use extreme caution when flying large kites.
Sled kite flying journal Sled Kite Flight What happened when I... Walk versus run Tail versus no tail Length of tail Air vent