Fun to build and exciting to fly, kites are a universal expression of joy and wonder for enthusiasts of all ages. Asian Kites for Kids features kite building projects that are beautiful and functional—ideal for teachers, camp counselors, parents, and budding young kite makers themselves. Kite making is a traditional Asian craft and an essential aspect of folklore that uses everyday materials to create beautiful works of art. In fact, kites are just as much fun to build as they are to fly! The colorful, easy-to-follow instructions will have readers building and flying fifteen different models from across Asia, including China, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, and Korea.
The making and flying of kites is a tradition in China that goes back thousands of years. In Europe the first definite mention is as late as One of the earliest uses of kites was in fishing, the kite would trail a line with hooks and bait allowing the kite-flier to fish in areas some way out from land over rivers or the sea. An early legend about the origin of the kite is that the philosopher Mozi d. Later on the kite was made much lighter when silk and bamboo replaced wood. The invention of fine paper in China made kites cheaper and easier to build.
Post photos of historical events or narrate incidents in history. China has a cultural history that dates back to more than six millenniums. It cradles the world's oldest written language system and the secrets to four greatest inventions of the modern world: paper, gunpowder, the compass and the art of printing.
In the 19th Century, kites were used for scientific experiments. And in the 20th and 21st centuries, kites were used for military purposes Why do we retain such an interest in kites? Is it because of our interest in air and space travel? Kites give us a way to directly feel the energy of the wind as a force of nature.