Why Spring is Perfect for Families to Fly a Kite
14th January 2017.Through a long winter, it's not uncommon for everyone in the household to get a little "stir crazy." We might call it "cabin fever," but the reality is that it's just not as much fun for the little ones when they can't go outside to play anytime they like. Whether it's snowy or icy conditions or dangerously cold, the conditions outside aren't always ideal for family activities. The busy level of activity that comes with the holidays can complicate matters, too. So, when the end of winter is finally in sight and the spring thaw beckons, you might want to turn your attention to planning some family fun. What about purchasing a kite and taking everyone out for a day of learning how to fly and have fun? Whether you head down to the beach or your local athletic field, all you need is a nice day with a gentle spring breeze, and you can have a blast. Spring is perfect for reasons more than just the fact that the snow is melting away and the green of the world is coming back. Let's break down why kite flying is such an excellent family activity, how you can have fun with it, and why you should choose the spring. We hope that by the time you finish reading this article, you're feeling inspired to introduce your family to a brand-new experience.
Why should your family fly kites together?
If you're looking for reasons as to why kite flying is worth your time, you only need to consider the general benefits of outdoor play. Flying kites is a chance to get outside and soak up some sunshine. That's excellent for Vitamin D production, of course, which is essential for bone health as your children grow. It's also likely that you can expect them to want to run around a lot, chasing after the kite or following the wind. Activities such as chasing a kite helps to burn all the energy kids produce, and that alone has many benefits! Among them are an improved appetite, an easier time falling asleep at bedtime, and of course an improved mood. In other words, they are many of the same benefits adults can get from exercise. For children, though, it's much more important for their development. For your kids, this is a moment of special bonding as well. It's always important when Mum & Dad take you out for a new activity. The experience alone can help stimulate their minds. Not only can that lead to an increased desire for exercise and outdoor play, but it aids in moderating their emotions as well. Play and exercise reduce anxiety and stress while increasing feelings of self-confidence and positive self-esteem. Flying a kite may seem like a simple activity on its own, but when done as a family, it can provide many benefits for your children. So, if it sounds like a good idea, why exactly should you jump at the chance to go kiting in the spring?
What makes the spring such an ideal time of year?
Besides the actual kite and spool of string, what do you need to go flying a kite? The answer, of course, is wind. Therein also lies one of the major reasons as to why you should select spring as the time of year to begin your family kiting adventures. Spring is one of the windier seasons of the year, as opposed to the summertime, which often sees a larger number of still days. The reasons for this has a lot to do with the way the sun warms the Earth as we approach the "spring" portion of our orbit. To put it simply, the increase in temperature causes a shift in the Jet Stream, which dips lower, bringing with it windier days. Of course, that warm weather is reason number two that you should use spring for kites. It's not too hot as it might be during summer. Instead, the temperature and humidity levels are often in a very pleasant place. That makes it easier to spend larger amounts of time outdoors, and you don't need to worry so much about consistently applying sunscreen. Children will feel more comfortable outdoors, and the lengthening daylight hours will give you plenty of time to play. We've mentioned the beach already ? if you live in an area where it's not quite windy enough, try to find a body of water like the sea! There's always a good chance for a breeze in the afternoon due to the temperature variance between land and water. For most, it shouldn't be a challenge to find a windy day in the springtime.
Getting started with kites and teaching your children
So, you're convinced it's a solid idea to take your kids out and teach them to fly a kite. How do you get started? While it might seem like you can just head out to the store and purchase one, you'll want to consider it a little more thoughtfully than that. Why? There are many types of kites, and for young children and beginners, it's important that you don't try to do too much too fast. For your first few outings, just catching the breeze and sending your kite aloft is enough. Where do you begin? Start by choosing the right type of kite. You'll want either a diamond or delta-shaped kite. These are ideal for beginners. After assembly, choose your day and head out with the family. It should be windy, but not too gusty. Let your child hold the kite, then stand against the wind. By holding the kite up, it can catch the wind. Now just slowly let out the line until it's up in the air! Don't worry about fancy tricks or moves; those can come with time and practice. For now, all you need to do is practice launching the kite. Soon, you'll all be having a blast as it soars through the sky. Take turns, and then take a break when you get tired out ? the wind can wear out your arms! Consider bringing along a picnic lunch or snacks for break time. It makes the whole experience even more memorable.
Safety tips for your kite flying fun
Before you pack up the car and head to your favourite location for kite flying with the kids, though, it's crucial to keep in mind some important safety tips. Kites are fun and, used correctly, an incredibly safe hobby. However, there are always some dangers. Let's cover what you need to know to do it safely. First and foremost, NEVER fly your kite near any power lines! Therefore, parks and open fields are a good idea; they tend to be isolated from transmission lines, so there's no risk of your kite becoming entangled. If that should happen, though, never touch the kite. Teach your children to simply let go of the kite if they become unable to control it due to a strong gust; it's better to lose the kite than the alternative. Keep an eye on the weather as well. While the spring is often full of good weather, storms can and do happen. If you hear thunder or see lightning, stop flying immediately. Move to shelter or head home; a kite can act as a lightning rod all on its own. It's best to fly on clear days or those with little cloud cover. Finally, ensure that you always fly kites away from groups of people or those who could be hurt by the line. While rare, it's important to be mindful of the power of the wind. With some smart safety precautions and the right handling, though, it's a fun and safe activity.
Pick the perfect location and start planning today
Do you have fond memories of flying kites as a child? Even if you don't, would you like to give your kids the joy of controlling an object as it soars and slices through the air? Kiting is an excellent activity the whole family can enjoy; we hope that much is evident now! We also hope it's easier to see just how little effort it takes to enjoy kites in the spring with your family. From inspiring your children to enjoy the outdoors more to potentially opening the door for a new hobby, there are plenty of excellent reasons to give it a try. Keep an eye on that weather forecast and wait out the winter ? spring will be here soon enough, and with it, the perfect weather for kites. Follow @SportNessUK