We've done a bit of research to bring together some of the best links
about kites and the different forms of kite flying
Five People who Flew Kites and Changed History - Ben Franklin,
the Wright Brothers and several other famous people who used kites to
advance science and technology.
of Kites - Excellent history on the subject compiled by the
Australian Kite Association, with clear explanations of flying dynamics
and different types of kites. Good, clear graphics.
- Brief History
of Kite Flying - Brief historical overview with some interesting
old photos put together by Gomberg Kites.
Timeline - Major milestones and events in the history of kite
- Names of Kites
from Around the World - Want to get a sense of kiting's international
appeal? Check out the native names in most of the world's languages.
Learn how to get by and ask for a kite anywhere on the planet.
- Kites as an
Educational Tool - Gomberg Kites has a full page of links with
all the resources you'd need. It contains tips for beginners including
issues of safety, what conditions to look for, how to control the kite
in the air, etc. See their ideas for classrooms, lessons, indoor activities
such as drawing, crossword puzzles and lots more
- Kites in
the Classroom - Educational rationale for using kites in the
classroom put together by the Ausralian Kite Association. Includes plans
for building kites, theory behind the lessons , etc.
World's Lesson Planning Center's Resource For Kites - Good instructions
for teachers on integrating lessons about kites into a wide variety
of subjects and levels. Lots of useful links as well.
- 20 kids
20 kites 20 minutes - Time tested instructions for a quick way
to get kids involved in making and flying their own kites.
- Build Your
Own Kite - Simple plans for a diamond type of kite.
- Build Your
Own Kite - Plans for very simple kite good for light winds.
- The Kite Zoo - Colorful
site with loads of basic kite information - for a simple overview, click
onn the guided tour button and borowse a few of the pages.
- Gomberg Kites -
The most complete kite site we've seen on the net. The place to start
if you are looking to learn more or find good resources
- Big City Kites - Kite store with great photos of kites in action and available to order on-line
- Kite Fighting
- The best site for kite fighting, an intersting sport that seems to
have evolved independently in various locations. Watch out for that
initial hit of Kashmir by Led Zeppelin when entering the site.
- Air Flow and Flying Kites - A vendor of HVAC appliances
in CA has, for some reason, assembled a very nice page with all sorts of links to all things kiting. Take a look the next time you're shopping for a space heater.