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Weekend Well-Being: Go Fly A Kite

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.

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Food Food 8 years
I love kite flying! I have a little parachute one that I keep in the car, because well, you never know! Also, you forgot to mention how therapeutic it can be, I love to just zone out and not deal with the world when kite flying.
JessNess JessNess 8 years
When I was little my brother had one of those parachute kites. We were out flying it and it crashed. I ran out to throw it back up but just as I was reaching the kite it went back up on its own but the strings wrapped around my neck basically choking me. Death by kite- not as fun as it sounds
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 8 years
I used to LOVE kite flying as a child - I don't know why I haven't thought of doing it again! I have such fond memories of going to the Oregon coast and flying different kites with my parents and cousins. Frisbee and kite flying are fun activities that help you really burn calories without you realising it because you're having so much fun!
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