Kites were invented in China

I sent each of you a kite for a reason.  Kites were invented in China about 2000 years ago.  There are 4 basic types of Chinese kites.  Take a look HERE to see more about these types. Early kites were made of wood.  Later they were made of bamboo and silk and eventually paper.  In times of war kites were used for sending messages and signally for help.

I remember something I learned when I was young that amazed me.  A kite contest was held for an important building project in 1848. A young boy had to work very hard to win the contest but his dedication to success paid off.  You can learn more about this at this Site.   Imagine flying a kite to the opposite side of a massive river.  Imagine that your kite was the first step in building an important bridge at the Niagra Falls.

I have always loved the feel of the wind’s pull on the kite.  As a physical therapist I have treated people with balance problems.  Treatment was much more fun when we took a kite outside to fly it.  Looking up and flying the kite offered an awesome challenge to their physical abilities.

Can you think of another creative way to use a kite?

Author: terrisloanclark

I am Nanna to my Grandchildren, mom, wife, sister, daugher, physical therapist and friend.

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