March is a great time for Upstate kids to fly kites
In the Upstate, March is a perfect time to fly a kite, and my family has made countless kite crafts.
Paper kites are classic, but it’s disappointing to have your tiny artist rip the kite before it leaves the ground.
Lisa Sauerbrey, who works in youth services for the Greenville County Library System, is a preschool craft veteran. She shared experiments with two styles.
“Once, we used the classic, elongated diamond,” she said. “The children glued on supports in the cross pattern and created patterns of fabric ties on the tail, attaching a piece of yarn to the bottom of the kite.”
That doesn’t actually work, she said.
“We have also made Japanese-style kites which are in the form of fish (using) a decorated cylinder tied to a dowel,” Sauerbrey said.
Crunched for time? My family discovered premade Tyvek sheeting kites at a festival and learned the material makes nearly indestructible, high-flying kites.
Use washable markers to decorate them. Tyvek sheeting kites are available online, in plain white and in black-and-white designs for coloring. Or buy kite-sized sheets to create your own designs.
Make a Japanese fish kite
First, cut a paper rectangle to fit a tube.Punch three equally spaced holes at one end of the tube. Create decorations; staggered circles can mimic scales or use kid-made pieces. Tissue paper is ideal, but construction paper also works.
Glue decorations to the rectangle. For glitter, your child can spread clumps with a paint brush. Add an eye. The second eye is easier to place correctly later. Allow everything to dry.
Flip the rectangle and add a tail using tissue strips or streamers. Thread pieces of string through each of the three holes. Wait to tie. Adhere paper rectangle to the tube, concealing strings. Now, add the second eye. Once dry, tie strings to a dowel, spacing the three knots approximately one inch apart. Hot glue helps hold knots in place. The last step? Try it out!
Take flight at area parks
In Greenville, Joe Lanahan, program manager for Greenville County Rec, suggested Southside Park, 417 Baldwin Road; Herdklotz Park, 126 Beverly Road; and Conestee Park, 840 Mauldin Road.
In Spartanburg, Stewart Park on Beacon Street previously hosted the Spartanburg Soaring kite event. This year’s event will be April 23 at Barnett Park, 200 E. St. John St., according to the Spartanburg Soaring Facebook page. Other options: the nine-acre Adams Park in Beaumont Mill Village.
Anderson County has Kite Flying Hill, 3027 Martin Luther King Boulevard between the Civic Center and Kid Venture playground, said Glenn Brill, director of Anderson County parks, recreation and tourism. Nearby, at the corner of Martin Luther King and Hampton Road, there is also the Balloon Launch Field, 35 acres without trees or power lines.