A very popular children toy, the kite brings the family together by optimizing outdoor activities. For adults, kite flying becomes a sport in its own right. Here you can see our selection of the best kites.
What is the best children’s kite?
Before going on the comparative list of the best I’ve been able to buy, I’ll tell you a little about what a kite should have for adults and children alike. The truth is that each comet is a world and there are not two that are the same. I can also tell you that, in my experience, I have realised that they are like cars, since each one has a particular feeling and, in general, everything will depend on your tastes and which one you feel most comfortable with.
However, to ensure you have one that can meet your expectations, always bear in mind the characteristics of the wind in the places where you will use it, since that depends on the size of the toy and also its features, weight and resistance what can you handle and much more?
On the other hand, there are several types, the simplest being a string, as they are usually very easy to use and recommended for children and beginners. There are also some made for pirouettes, which can have up to 4 strings; and of power or traction, which are larger and for adventurers.
The Cirrus kite is very efficient. Its shape, size and lightness allow it to fly even if the wind is light. In strong winds, it gains a lot of speed but remains easy to control thanks to the light wires provided. It is both pretty and resistant given the carbon structure. It is an excellent device for those who wish to start or improve their kite skills. The downside is the thin wires which are difficult to rewind on the handle.
This brand I love because of this colourful design kite and that tail that stands out in the wind. It is super light and also offers enough quality and durability. Perfect for children.
What are the different models of kites?
In the category of recreational kites, there are static, pilotable and towable kites. The static models are monofilament and are suitable for beginners and young children. The piloted are designed for sport, they allow to perform acrobatic figures. Traction sails are mainly reserved for extreme sports enthusiasts.
How to choose the kite according to the age of the child?
A child can start playing a kite from 3 years old. At this age, this toy helps him walk, run and keep his body in balance. In addition, outdoor exercise will allow him to discover natural elements, especially the wind. Only single line models are suitable for children 3 to 6 years old. They are available in several colours and in different shapes such as rhombus, eagle, butterfly, octopus and other animals. If the wind blows at less than 10 km / h, the kite can be played in a short line.
The evolutionary type is ideal for children from 7 to 12 years old who are starting to fly. It can be used in one or two lines. It is equipped with a steering bar which helps the practitioner to move it left and right for more speed. Adults wanting to learn will also find this kite practical and easy to handle.
Models with 2 lines and more are very fast and precise but require great know-how. They are used by experienced players to perform acrobatic tricks. It should be noted that the controllable models are not recommended for children under 7 years of age as a safety measure.
How to recognize a good kite?
As much for safety as for economic reasons, it is very important to check the resistance of each part of the device as well as its mounting. In order to buy a good kite, here are some criteria to look for.
Nylon is strong and efficient as a kite sail. Polyester fabric like Icarex stands out for its unequalled lightness, but it is not very resistant. The translucent Mylar is very presentable but less robust. It will be perfect when combined with another material.
The quality of the line guarantees the smooth running of the kite session. In a model for very young children, the wire must be able to support at least a load of 20 kg. Too thin threads that get tangled easily are to be avoided.
We must observe the fit and symmetry of the parts, a slight irregularity can lead to imbalance and deterioration of the whole toy. The seams must be straight and made with good quality threads.
The end of the line must be fixed to the handle because industrial rewinding does not always attach it to it. Prefer the ergonomic straps.
A kite is a durable object, kits fitted with spare parts are therefore to be preferred. The explanatory note must be clearly legible, ideally with clear images. A storage cover, preferably washable, makes it easier to store and transport the toy.
How to practice kite safely?
Since a kite session usually takes place outdoors, you should always think about your own safety and that of others. Never play it when the rain is threatening because a kite that hovers in stormy weather can attract thunder. If you fly too close to the electric wires, you risk crashing into it and causing a short circuit or interrupting the current. Playing a kite near an airfield, highway or highway can cause an accident. And in an area with trees, the kite may get stuck up in the trees and will be unrecoverable. Finally, avoid flying over a crowd, the kite transformed into a powerful projectile can injure someone in the event of a fall.