How To Choose The Best Kites For Your Kids

A kite hardly seems like something you’d need buying advice for. But you’d be surprised at the range of choices available in stores.

You think you are just going to pick for your kid the first kite that looks good only to be met with a dizzying range of sizes, designs and shapes.

Our 10-minute kite buying guide will help you find the best one for your child. We’ve reviewed the best kites for kids. All our picks are very child-friendly, feature colourful designs and are fairly affordable.

What to Consider When Choosing a Kid’s Kite

a) Child-Friendly

Don’t make the mistake of buying a professional kite for your kid. Yes, there are professional kite flyers.

Look for a kite that’s specifically designed for kids to fly. Most of these kites have very simple designs and are easy to fly. They have just one string connecting to the kite (single line kites).

Older kids, especially those that have already flown a single line kite, can try a dual line kite, also called a stunt kite. It has two lines, which allows you to steer it.

Stay away from quad line kites. They are too advanced for kids.

b) Size

Once you’ve checked that the kite is designed for kids (or both kids and adults), check its size.

The largest kids’ kites have a wingspan of about 1.5 metres. They are small enough for easy handling but also large enough to fly even in low wind.

For a younger child, you can get a kite with a lower wingspan of around 1m.

c) Design

Look for a colourful kite featuring a rainbow of colours. Not only will the kite be easier to see when flying, it’ll also look spectacular up the air.

Another design feature to look for is a tail. Not all kites will have them but most do. Not only do the tails look cool streaming behind the main kite, they also help in stability and steering.

Kites with multiple tails – some have as many as 5 – look great and offer better flying performance.

Finally, look for a fun shape that your kid will love. Some kites have a simple traditional shape while others look like a dragon, eagle or octopus.

If your kid is older, you can browse online with the and ask them which design they love most.

d) Easy to Assemble

In keeping with the child-friendly point above, the kite should be easy to assemble. You should be able to snap it together in less than 10 minutes.

e) Portable

You are most likely going to enjoy flying the kite in many different places including the park. You can also carry it when going camping.

Keep that in mind when shopping for the best kite. It should be light, easy to assemble and disassemble and easy to carry.

If it comes with a storage/carrying pouch, that’s even better.

The Best Kites Reviews

1. HQ Kites Symphony Beach III Rainbow R2F, 1.3m

This is a dual line kite, meaning it has two cords connecting to the kite. It’s a great choice for older kids of around age 7 and up.

It takes several tries before they learn how to fly the kite. Expect a few crashes before they get the hang of it.

Luckily, this kite is built to withstand lots of abuse without any damage. It’s the perfect learning kite.

The kite arrives in a handy storage bag. It takes just a few minutes to assemble. Both strings connect to a single plastic winder.

While you do need quite a bit of wind to get it flying high and fast, it can still soar in lighter wind. You don’t have to wait for perfectly windy conditions or use it only at the beach.

As long as there’s some wind blowing, your kids will have fun with it.

Style-wise, the kite features a rainbow of colours that provide excellent visibility high up in the air.

What we like about it:

  • Perfect for older kids who are learning to fly a kite.
  • Strong and durable – doesn’t get damaged easily by crashing.
  • Easy to assemble and fly.
  • Easy to pack and carry to the beach and camping trips.

2. Sun Kites Huge Rainbow Kite, 1.5M

If you are looking for a cheaper kite, this large one from Sun Kites is a great choice. It has a 1.5m wingspan, which makes it easy to fly even in light winds.

The six 2.5m tails trailing the kite provide excellent stability and control. Any child 3 years and older can fly the kite easily.

The 50m flying line provides plenty of height.

The polyester fabric is tough and resistant to tearing. It’s also weather resistant. The colours won’t start fading after some time.

The fiberglass rods add stability, ensuring the kite can survive a few crashes.

This is a single line kite so no complicated manoeuvres or steering is needed. If you child has never flown a kite before, this is the best beginner kite.

Assembly is easy and quick. It comes in a small carry bag that you can easily pack for a camping trip or a kite day at the beach.

What we like about it:

  • Extra big.
  • Easy for kids to fly.
  • Inexpensive.
  • Well made.

3. Anpro Huge Colorful Kite

The Anpro kite has a large 146cm wingspan. Not only does it look great when flying, the wide wingspan also makes it easier to fly. It doesn’t need much wind to get going.

For the price, it’s well made and feels very sturdy. The 30m line can withstand strong winds without snapping.

The kite itself is made from a tough polyester fabric. It’s supported by fiberglass rods that are flexible but don’t break easily. Even if the kite crashes, it’ll survive.

The kite takes just a few minutes to assemble. Detailed instructions are included.

When they are done flying it, fold it in the included carry bag.

We love the styling of the Anpro kite. It has more colours than most kites, making for better visibility outside. It also includes a tail that adds to its style and improves stability.

What we like about it:

  • Large and colourful.
  • Easy to assemble and fly.
  • Strong and durable.
  • Comes with compact carry bag for easy portability.

4. Sun Kites Huge Rainbow Kite, 1m

This one is slightly smaller than the other Sunkites kite above. It also has a slightly different design though it’s just as colourful.

The main kite features multi-coloured stripes that provide easy visibility. This style extends to the main tail that is almost 1.5m long.

There are four smaller tails – all coloured blue – that enhance stability and control.

Like other single line kites, this one is super easy to fly. It’s perfect for kids as young as three years. Even adults can have some fun with it.

It flies easily even in light wind and soars really high thanks to the 50m line and wide 1 meter wingspan.

The kite easily disassembles into a compact size that’s easy to pack into a bag. You can carry it to the beach or when camping.

What we like about it:

  • Easy to assemble.
  • Easy for kids to fly.
  • Large and colourful.

5. Melissa & Doug Winged Dragon Shaped Kite

If you are looking for something a bit different from traditional shaped kites, try this dragon kite from Melissa & Doug.

It retains the same streamlined kite shape overall so it’s still easy to fly. It glides easily in the wind with two pairs of tails providing stability and control.

The dragon’s tail also helps with stability.

The kite has a large 1.5m wingspan. It catches air easily, soaring high even in light wind. The 50m line allows the kite to go very high.

The kite is made from tough nylon that’s designed to resist tearing (it’s called a ripstop material). For reinforcement, flexible fiberglass struts are used.

The hardy construction ensures the kite can handle crashes and tree hang-ups without ripping or snapping.

What we like about it:

  • Fun dragon design.
  • Easy to assemble and fly.
  • Tough and durable.

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