A few years ago my husband purchased the Gayla 3D shark kite when he and my son were in Target. The kite is constructed of Ripstop Nylon and is a 3D image of a shark. It has a 46" wingspan and comes with a kite reel that holds 200' of 30 pound nylon twine. The reel is very similar to the kind that is used on fishing poles and is very easy to let sting out and reel it back in with a turn of the handle. The assembly of the kite took only a few minutes and was as simple as adding a few sticks and attaching the string.
They came home from the store, put it together and took it outside to fly. There was very little wind that day and they were never able to get it more than a few feet off the ground. A few weeks later they tried it again on a windy day and they did get it up but my husband soon realized that they could not go very high because of all the trees near our house so the poor shark got put away in the basement.
We recently went on a trip to the beach and decided it was a good time to bring the shark back out. The first day they tried to fly him, they got it up pretty quickly but the wind would just stop and he plummeted to the ground. He took all the abuse well and suffered no damage. The second day they tried again and this time, he had a long and successful flight. They were able to keep him air bourne for long periods of time and make him swim in the sky by reeling him in and out. The reel was so easy to use, my 6 year old was able to do it with ease.
If you have a windy day and a large open space, the 3D shark kite is a great way to play outside.