We like to fly kites.
We fly them at the beach and we fly them at a special place nearby called Max Patch, a big and windy bald with 360 degree views of our beautiful Western North Carolina mountains.
So when the folks at Discount School Supply sent us a set of Decorate-Your-Own Kites to review recently, we were excited. Partly because we are always game for an art project and partly because it meant we had a trip to Max Patch in our near future.
The set contained 12 kites so we invited some friends over who had been in the Toddler Art Groups with us (the 4th as a tag-along babe)—brothers Justin, Nathan, Joe, and Desmond.
We have long been big fans of their glitter glue (even to the point of giving away quite a few sets as birthday gifts to young friends over the years) but this was our first experience with fabric markers.
The 6 kids and us parents all set to work on our kites. Here are a few photos of kite decorating from the big kid table.
Nathan (top left) drew stripes on his kite with the fabric markers, Justin (top right) drew a variety of images and added glitter glue decoration, Maia (bottom right) drew rainbow stripes, I drew a face, and my friend Rachel wrote "Fly High" with glitter glue.
And here are the photos of kite decorating (with lots of enthusiastic glitter glue squeezing) from the little kid table.
Once our kites were decorated and our glitter glue had dried, we were ready for the trip out to Max Patch!!
Max Patch is an hour west of Asheville. A bit of a drive, but a scenic one and well worth it in our opinion. We bring kites and pack a picnic whenever we go.
The kids were extra excited to fly the kites they had decorated themselves and ran much of the way up the short but steep trail to the top.
And ran a lot more at the top of the bald. With and without kites.
The girls both flew their kites, although there wasn't as much wind as usual and they had to work to keep their kites in the air.
Also, the kites were a bit more difficult to fly than others we have flown. Perhaps because we skipped the step (Mama forgot) of tying things to the tail for balast. And the string to one of them got tangled up and broke.
But that was okay.
We had plenty of fun even after we grew tired of flying the kites.
There was a picnic snack to eat.
Tousling and giggling to do...
as well as twirling until we were dizzy...
...and catching grasshoppers...
...and other insects.
I think we are all agreed. Anytime someone tells us to go fly a kite, we will do so gladly.
Would you like to go fly a kite? Read on to learn how to enter to win a set of decorate-your-own kites from Discount School Supply...
Readers who leave a comment to this post by Thursday, October 3rd at 11:59pm EST will be entered to win a set of 12 Decorate-Your-Own Kites from Discount School Supply as well as your choice of either fabric markers or glitter glue. Winner will be chosen by random number generator and announced here on Thursday. Giveaway open to readers in the contiguous United States.
Giveaway now closed.
The random number generator gave me #67, so Bethany wins the kite set. Congrats, Bethany! (I'll send you an e-mail...)
This would be a great activity for our playgroup!
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