Kites had their beginning in China over three thousand years ago. They were made from bamboo for the frame and silk for the sail and bridle. In China kites had a mythical and religious element.
Kites have always appealed to children. I come from North London where a favourite pastime in the 50s was flying a big box kite on the top of Parliament Hill Fields.
Kites are very popular in India, too, and there is a simple design for children to follow using thin sticks and tissue paper.