There are a lot of good kites out there for beginners, young and old.
I like the Beetle by Flying Wings. It's tough and flys nice. Make sure to
get the dyneema lineset.
New Tech has a number of good starter kites. Check out the Cherry Bomb. It's
a little bigger than the Beetle and has a great wind range. Comes with a
nice lineset and a really nice bag. The Cherry Bomb is very reasonably
priced. Lots of bang for the buck.
The ***ion by Premier is a nice looking, nice flying kite. Priced about
the same as the Beetle.
HQ Invento makes some of the nicest foils out there. The Symphony 1.4 and
1.8 are smooth graceful flyers and they pack up small so you can take them
anywhere. The larger foils can become a bit frightening for a little person
should the wind pick up.
Avoid kites by Go Fly a Kite. Their beginner kites tend to frustrate rather
Also avoid the toy store and discount store kites as well as the cheap
offerings on e-Bay.
Good luck in your search and keep in mind the above info comes from a person
who flys mostly single line kites.
>I would like to get my 10 year old daughter a beginner stunt kite for
> Xmas. She is approximately 100 lbs with good upper body strength. Any
> recommendations? Neither she or I have flown kites (except for one line
> deltas) before. Most flying will be done on the beach. Thanks.