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Feb. 8! Kite Flying Day!

Updated: Aug 29, 2020


If the weather allows, go fly a kite. It's Kite Flying Day!


Fun facts about kites:

- People were flying kites 1,000 years before paper was invented.

- The smallest kite in the world which actually flies is 5mm high.


For more, check out:

http://jvcullan.blogspot.com/2016/10/fun-facts-about-kites.html

What is Kite Flying Day?

"Our research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day. It may have originated in South America, where kite flying festivals are held at this time. Also, India holds an annual kite festival on January 14th."

http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/February/kiteflyingday.htm


"We are amazed that Kite Flying Day is held in the middle of winter. Chances are few people in the northern areas of the country will brave the snow and cold today to go outdoors and fly a kite."


"People have enjoyed flying kites for thousands of years. Its an ever popular activity for children, and enjoyed by many adults.  


Ben Franklin was perhaps the most well known kite flyer. He flew a kite in a thunderstorm and discovered electricity. He got a charge out of  flying kites!"

** For more about Benjamin Franklin, check out this post:

https://www.wearegoodatthis.com/post/happy-jan-17-benjamin-franklin-day


http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/February/kiteflyingday.htm


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For Kite Flying Day, I made a hard candy kite with a marshmallow fondant kite tail and bows.



For the kite part, I made a foil mold in the shape of a kite, which I sprayed with cooking spray.


Then, I melted down crushed Jolly Ranchers at 275 degrees as described in more detail in these posts.


https://www.wearegoodatthis.com/post/unearthing-fossilized-candies-including-candy-canes-and-a-sugar-holiday-shack

https://www.wearegoodatthis.com/post/can-i-make-a-super-cool-galaxy-rainbow-lollipop-hard-candy-from-scratch


While the Jolly Ranchers were in the oven, I made the marshmallow fondant kite tail and bows (see link for more info on marshmallow fondant).

https://www.wearegoodatthis.com/post/can-i-make-marshmallow-fondant


When you take the melted Jolly Ranchers out of the oven, they are still liquid and hot.





I waited a few minutes for the Jolly Ranchers to cool down and start to harden up a little before placing and connecting the kite tail. The hard candy were soft and not fully set when I did this.




Here is another pic. Give it a try! We are good at this!



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