Kites Are Science in Action

Yesterday, we went kite flying. It was both frustrating and heaps of fun!

At first, the kite simply didn't want to stay up in the air. However, after a while, we must have worked out what we were meant to be doing and the kite flew.

William Edward Hickson must have been talking about kite flying when he penned the words:

'Tis a lesson you should heed:
Try, try, try again.

If at first you don't succeed,
Try, try, try again.

Kites are science in action

The look on my sons' faces, when the kite flew, said it all: surprise, joy. amazement and a sense of accomplishment!

Kites are science in action
Kites are science in action
Kites are science in action

As I watched my sons wrestle with the string on the kite, I realised kites are science in action. They were experiencing and playing with:

  • wind speed
  • air pressure
  • lift
  • weight
  • gravity
  • thrust
  • drag
  • tension.

Kites are science in action
Kites are science in action

Sure, the boys may not have realised this at the time, but that didn't matter. Hands-on experience will help the boys to understand the concepts when we do come to read about them later on in life.

We did have some home-made kites with us but the wind was too strong for them. So we'll be back another day for some more hands-on science in the park, (e.g., kite flying!)

Do you fly kites? I'd love to hear about your experience either here on this post or on our facebook page.

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