Saturday, February 07, 2009

Let's Go Fly A Kite

It's the 7th day of February. It's supposed to be cold and winter-like right? Well apparently someone didn't get the memo. It was 70 degrees and sun shiny. It was definitely too nice of a day to stay inside. Jake began by doing a little yard work. A little while later, Sarah Ray asked Jake if he would like to try her kite. Jake initially dismissed the idea, but Sarah Ray looked like she was having a bunch of fun, and Jake hates to be left out when someone else is having fun. It didn't take long before Scribbles was also enticed into a little kite flying action.

Let's Go Fly a Kite Song Lyrics from "Mary Poppins"

Oh, oh, oh!
Let's go fly a kite
Up to the highest height!
Let's go fly a kite and send it soaring
Up through the atmosphere
Up where the air is clear
Oh, let's go fly a kite!

Kite Fun Facts

Kites are named after the kite bird, which is a member of the hawk family.

• In some countries, kiting is also part of religious or seasonal observances, or is the focus of traditional festivals.

• Signature kites and festivals have, over centuries, become important cultural components in peoples' definition of who they are.

• Hawaiians used kites to claim pieces of land. The kites would be released in the air and ownership would be taken wherever the kite fell.

• The ancient Chinese believed that kites could ward off evil spirits and served as good luck.

• The largest kite in the world is flown each year in Hoshubana, Japan.

• In 1749, two Scottish scientists, Alexander Wilson and Thomas Melville, fastened thermometers to kites in order to record the temperature of the air at high altitudes. This was the first recorded attempt to obtain scientific data using kites.

• On April 4, 1975 Kazuhiko Asaba of Kamakura, Japan flew 1,050 kites on a single line, a world record.

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