No.7 fly a kite

A family flying a kite at Wembury, Devon.

When there's a bit of wind in the air it's the perfect time to tick off No.7 from the 50 things challenges. So, if you haven't flown a kite before, what are you waiting for?

Flying a kite is probably one  of those things you think about doing when you're on holiday, usually somewhere near a beach, but you can fly a kite anywhere where there's a bit of wind.

What you need:

  • A kite
  • A breeze
  • A wide open space - beaches or parks are usually good choices
  • Strong arms - the kite can sometimes pull away from you in the wind
  • Someone to pick the kite up if it crashes and help launch it into the air again

Flying a kite is something that you've probably seen lots of people having a go at on a beach in the summertime. But you don't have to be at the beach to have a go, anywhere with wide open space (on the ground and in the sky) is a good choice, like parks or large gardens. 

Follow our top tips and you'll soon have your kite high in the air like a bird.

Top tips:

  • When you've chosen your spot, don't forget to look up and check nothing will get in the way of your kite in the sky when you start to fly it.
  • Unwind the string about 4 metres and get one of your family to take the kite away from you while you hold tight on the string.
  • Get them to launch it upwards into the wind and then you're in control!
  • Pulling the string tight makes the kite climb higher, and unwinding the string allows it to go higher in the sky.
  • Remember the longer the string you've got, the further someone will have to go to pick it up if or when it crashes!
  • It's as hard to fly a kite in very strong wind, as it is in no wind.