Some of the best childhood memories are built from playing outside — and kites are one of the coolest ways to get the wind in your hair outdoors.
Launching a kite is a big feat and it’s important for kids to do it themselves. It helps build patience and problem-solving skills if they’re not successful on the first launch. Give them the time to figure out what went wrong and what they need to change for next time. They’ll be overjoyed with pride when they finally get that kite to stay up on the next launch.
All of the kites listed below are excellent beginner kites for kids, but we’ve seen plenty of reviews from adults who purchased these for themselves and had a blast. So don’t be afraid to find your inner child and take one of these kites for a spin!
Best Kites for Kids
Coming in at the top of our list of Best Kites for Kids is this giant rainbow kite from aGREATLIFE. This kite means business, measuring in at a 42″ wide wingspan. You’ll definitely turn some heads at the beach or park when people see this giant rainbow soaring through the sky. The kite is durable and easy to launch, even for first-time kite flyers. And you can really let it fly high thanks to the 50-meter durable Dacron string.
What’s that in the sky? Is it a bird or a plane? No, it’s a flying octopus! In the competition of unique kites, this octopus kite takes first place. Don’t be fooled by the lack of annoying plastic poles this kite doesn’t come with, your octopus friend gets its structure from the wind. This is what makes it RTF (ready to fly) right out of its packaging. The width of the octopus is 31″ and features colorful tentacles that’ll twirl through the wind.
Can’t find a kite to fit your kid’s style? Try having them design their own! This DIY kite kit comes with three blank diamond-shaped kites, 3 handles with 150ft strings, and 8 painting markers. And if you have extra art supplies at home, you can draw on these kites with crayons, markers, and watercolor pens. Your kids will have a blast watching their artwork flying high in the sky.
This beautiful mermaid kite is perfect for the beginner kite flyer who can’t get enough of mermaids. Not too big and not too small, this kit measures at 45 inches wide by 84 inches high. This kite is also good for a little one, since it’s super lightweight but also durable, so if it does come crashing down a lot, it’ll hold up. For assembly (which is simple), it comes with a kite line on a handle winder and a reusable kite bag. This kite can fly up to 20 MPH.
Recommended for kids ages 3 years old and up, this first kite is a colorful diamond shape with a 18-inch wingspan. Many reviewers say it’s easy to fly and a perfect starter kite for young kids. It comes with 118 feet of strong, premium kite line on an easy-grip line holder. Simple to assemble, launch, and fly, this kite will bring lots of smiles to your kiddos.
This classic kite from StuffKidsLove will be soaring in the sky in no time. The entire kit comes with the single-line delta kite that measures out to 60″ wide and 32″ long with 8.5ft twin tails, anti-tangle flying line and handle, instructions, spare parts, and a durable carrying bag for easy storage.
If you have the budget and your family is more serious about kite flying, we recommend this kite from REI. It’s still an awesome choice for beginners, but experienced flyers will like it, too. It self-inflates, has better flight accuracy, comes with 60 ft. of 80 lb. Dyneema® lines and a wrist strap, can fly up to 25 MPH, and can easily travel if you plan on taking it to the beach or on vacation.
For any aquatic animal lovers, this manta ray kite from Mint’s Colorful Life is sure to be a well-loved gift. Instead of watching manta rays soar through the water, your kiddo can happily fly their own in the sky. Once unrolled from the packaging, the kite measures a wingspan of 58″ that is reinforced with resin rods.
When we think of the classic kite, we picture the iconic cartoon diamond shape. This kite measures out to 40″ x 48″ x 156″ including the twin tails that stream through the air. The bright rainbow design will light up both the sky and your kiddo’s face when they watch it soar through the air.
Any future pilot or those who just love planes will be excited to fly their own fighter plane in the sky. This massive kite has a 58″ wingspan and comes with 200ft of flying line.
Cue the Jaws theme song! The ocean’s top predator is about to rule the sky. This kite will definitely stand out from the others at the park. Measuring in at 155cm x 160cm, your child will be able to easily get this kite up in the air and soaring in no time.
This quirky Batman-shaped kite can be a cool addition to your collection and particularly appeals to those who like novelty kites.