For each of your children, place drops of watery paint on
a piece of paper. Then hand out plastic straws and let the
children blow the paint across their papers in designs. (Make
sure that they blow out through the straws, not breathe in.)
If you like, place two primary colors of paint, such as blue
and yellow, on their papers so they can experiment with creating
Give each of your children a thin, white paper plate.
Set out crayons, markers, or paint 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. Encourage
the children to use their fans to create breezes.
Let your children decorate small cardboard tubes by gluing on
torn pieces of colorful magazine pictures. 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 tying on
string or yarn. Have the children hang their windsocks outdoors
to see which way the wind is blowing.
Collect light and heavy items, such as a cotton ball,
a feather, a leaf, a stone, a scissors, and a book. Let
your children experiment with blowing on the items (with
and without using plastic straws) to see which ones move
in the "wind" and which do not. If you like,
use a small fan to create a stronger breeze for experimenting
(requires close supervision).
IS THE WIND BLOWING?
Explain to your children that wind is moving air. Ask: "Since
we can't see air, how can we tell that the wind is blowing?"
Some clues: clouds moving across the sky, tree branches swaying,
wind chimes ringing, paper blowing down the street. As the
children give answers to the question, write their responses
on paper for them to illustrate later.