History Of Kites

History Of Kites

It is generally accepted that kites were first developed approximately 2,800 years ago in China, where materials ideal for kite building were readily available: silk fabric for sail material; fine, high-tensile-strength silk for flying line; and resilient bamboo for a strong, lightweight framework.

The kite was said to be the invention of the famous 5th century BC Chinese philosophers Mozi and Lu Ban.

Types Of Kites

Here are some types of kites.

  • Expanded polystyrene kite
  • Fighter kite
  • Indoor kite
  • Inflatable single-line kite
  • Kytoon
  • Man-lifting kite
  • Rogallo parawing kite
  • Stunt (sport) kite
  • Water kite

Practical Uses For Kites

Human flight

Humans are sometimes bound to a large kite to fly, as many hang gliders are true kites. The first known example is Yuan Huangtou in 550 CE.

Military applications

Kites have been used for military uses in the past for signaling, for delivery of munitions, and for observation, by lifting an observer above the field of battle, and by using kite aerial photography.

Science and meteorology

Kites have been used for scientific purposes, such as Benjamin Franklin's famous experiment proving that lightning is electricity. Kites were the precursors to the traditional aircraft, and were instrumental in the development of early flying craft.

Some Kite Images

Kites are fun!

Go to for info on how to fly a kite

Top Tips

-Do not fly close to trees-Put your back to the wind so the kite will catch the wind.-Do not let go of the string.

Tips on making your kite

when you punch holes in the kite put tape on the corners.make the nots strong.You will have more tape then you need, use it!