There are ideas for a kite derby in the Cub Scout
Leader HOW-TO BOOK, which is available at your Scout
There are many folks tales about the origin of the
kite. A Sung Dynasty commentary puts their first appearance in the
Warring States period. But Lin K’un of the Yuan dynasty
believed that the kite was invented in the Han dynasty to unsettle
the enemy by the eerie sounds of attached whistles. History records
that the kite was also used to signal for help. One theory has the
kite invented during the Five Dynasties period (907-959 A.D.) and
brought to Europe by Marco Polo in the late 13th century.
In Taiwan, kite flying is associated with autumn.
Split bamboo, which is light and strong, is the traditional material
for making the kite frame. There are hundreds of kite shapes
including the centipede and giant dragon kites.