“Go fly a kite” — it’s not just a Mary Poppins show tune or a sanitized way for you and your wife to yell at each other around the kids, but an activity your kid just might actually request. Provided you outfit them with one of these 10 best kites, you’ll have them practicing climbs, loops, and barrel rolls for hours of good old-fashioned fresh air fun (as opposed to paper airplanes, which you can control with your phone nowadays).
Prism Stowaway Delta Kite
As traditional, single-line kites go, the Stowaway Delta is top of the line — easy to assemble and a piece of cake to get airborne and fly, it’s sturdy and responsive enough to do the sort of tricks your kid will want to learn before graduating to the fancy-pants, multiple line kites below.
Kengel Octopus Kite
This kite is wide enough for tiny flyers to handle, and the 160″ tentacles add stability. Your fellow beach-goers will appreciate spying the Kraken flying overhead, rather than encountering one in the water.
Premier Kites Shark
Sailing Ship Kite
You might be afraid to let your kid take this handsome vessel off their bedroom shelf, but yes, it actually flies. Watch them pilot their Jolly Roger kite through the clouds and be glad they could experience Peter Pan’s Flight without a full-on trip to Disneyland.
Wind n Sun SkyPals Minion Kite
4M Design Your Own Kite Kit
When none of these kites are cool enough for your kid, hand them a blank slate. In addition to creating their own design with the included paints and brush, they’ll learn to build something with their hands. There’s hope for the future yet.