- Hang a wind chime outside.
- Sit inside with your child.
- Close your eyes and listen to the sound the wind chime makes.
- Can you tell by listening to the chimes if the wind is blowing gently or wildly?
- Encourage your child to listen for the wind chimes to tell her when it is windy outside?
FLY A KITE
- Buy a simple, inexpensive kite to take to a large, windy area.
- Help your child put the kite in the air.
- Talk about the pull of the wind on the kite.
- What happens to the kite when the wind dies down a little?
- How long can she keep the kite in the air?
FLY A PAPER PLANE
Paper airplanes are a fun way to help your child to begin to understand gravity and air currents.
- Show your preschooler how to make a simple paper airplane. (Easy directions can be found on-line.)
- Let your child decorate his plane if he wishes.
- Add a paper clip to the nose of his plane.
- Have him practice throwing his plane inside and outside.
- How far did it fly? Did it fly better indoors or outside?
- Collect a glass bottle and a small balloon.
- Blow up and deflate the balloon several times to make it easier to inflate.
- Put the deflated balloon over the top of the glass bottle.
- While your children watch, place the bottle in a deep pan of hot water.
- What happens to the balloon? (It starts to fill with air because the hot water in the pan warmed up the air in the bottle, and warm air rises.)
- Then place the bottle in cold water. What happens? (The balloon deflates because the air is now cold and sinking.)
Additional Wind Activities can be found at the Theme Station – Spring Themes – Wind.