The people of ancient China were responsible for developing a number of fantastic innovations that are easily recognizable and important today. Examples of these inventions include the kite, the wheelbarrow, and the compass. The Chinese invented the kite about 3,000 years ago. One reason for this might be that China had many good materials for making kites. The Chinese made silk, which was used for sails. Also, they had lightweight bamboo available to them. Ancient Chinese kites were made of stretched silk across a bamboo frame. About 1,000 years after inventing the kite, the Chinese invented the wheelbarrow. The wheelbarrow may seem simple today, but the idea of using a single wheel to allow one person to carry very heavy loads was important and transformative. Approximately 1,000 years after inventing the wheelbarrow, the Chinese introduced the world to the compass. A compass is a device that shows the direction of magnetic north. Knowing north allows one to also know south, east, and west. Later, the Chinese marked the directions around the bowl. Sailors used the compass to tell their direction. Review these images and their descriptions keeping in mind the significance of these inventions.