- Let your child sprinkle a few drops of tempera paint onto a paper plate.\
- Then help your child take the plate outside and hold it so the wind can blow the paint drops all around to make a Wind Painting.
- If the wind is not blowing, you could show your child how to create her own wind by blowing air through a straw onto the paint.
- Let your children decorate small cardboard tubes by gluing on torn pieces of colorful magazine pictures.
- Then, help them glue several long pieces of ribbon or thin strips of crepe paper to one end of their tubes.
- At the other end, make a hanger by poking two holes near the rim and tying on string or yarn.
- Have your children hang their windsocks outdoors to see which way the wind is blowing their ribbons.
Alternatives: Have children decorate their windsocks with marking pens, crayons or stickers.
- Give each of your children a thin, white paper plate.
- Set out some crayons, or markers and invite the children to decorate both sides of their plates any way they wish.
- When they have finished, staple or glue a jumbo craft stick to the back of each plate for a handle.
- Show your children how to wave the fans back and forth to create a breeze (or wind).
You will need an 8-inch twig for each of your children.
- Set out the twigs, 10-inch pieces of wire and small metal washers.
- Show your children how to wrap the end of piece of wire around a washer and the other end around the twig.
- Have each child attach three to five washers to his or her twig, making sure the washers are about 1 inch apart.
- Add a yarn hanger to each completed twig.
- Hang the chimes outside.
- Let your children listen to the sounds their wind chimes make on a windy day.
On the next windy day, take your children outside for a walk.
- Together, look for all the things the wind is moving around.
- Can you see a flag blowing in the wind?
- Is there a leaf being pushed along the road?
- Are the tree branches swaying?
- Stand still for a moment and enjoy the feeling of the wind blowing across your face.
- Help children understand that even though the wind is invisible, we can still see the effects of the wind.
BE THE WIND
- Let your child pretend to be the wind.
- Place several cotton balls on a table.
- Have your child sit or kneel so that he can blow across the top of the table, sending the cotton balls off the table with his breath.
Alternative: With two children, have them stand on opposite sides of a small table. Play a game to see who can blow the most balls off the opposite side of the table in one minute.
- Have your children help you make a list of all the ways that wind helps us.
- Later, let each child choose one of these ways to illustrate.
- Combine all the children’s pictures into a group wind book.
- Have children take turns reading the book to the group. (Telling what is happening in each picture).
I SEE THE WIND RHYME
Teach your children the following rhyme.
I see the wind when the leaves dance by,
I see the wind when the clothes wave “Hi!”
I see the wind when the trees bend low,
I see the wind when the flags all blow.
I see the wind when the kites fly high,
I see the wind when the clouds float by.
I see the wind when it blows my hair,
I see the wind ‘most everywhere!
© Warren Publishing House
WIND SCIENCE ACTIVITIES CAN BE FOUND AT THE DISCOVERY STATION – SPRING DISCOVERIES.
WIND SONGS CAN BE FOUND AT THE MUSIC STATION – SPRING SONGS – WIND SONGS OR KITE SONGS.