Into the Wind

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    < 1 hour

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    A Little Messy

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    Materials or Fees

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Question and Wonder:

  • Have you ever wondered how things float on the wind?
  • Why does the wind carry some things and not others?
  • Where do you think they go?
  • How often do you think the wind changes directions or does it ever change directions?
  • What things do you see carried by the wind?

Gather some small rocks, leaves, grass, a flower or two (don’t use paper, we don’t want to litter), or other natural items you think may float on the wind.

Imagine and Design:

  • How does each item (rocks, sticks, leaves and grass) travel? Do they swirl, fly straight, or drop straight to the ground as you let go of them.
  • Where do you think they will land?

Grab a paper cup, some yarn and a plastic grocery bag. Using these items fashion a parachute. Test and redesign your parachute until it floats the cup down to the ground. Try putting small objects or toys inside the cup and see what happens.

  • What happens when you drop your parachute in the house from a chair? higher?
  • Take it outside and try floating it on the wind. What happened? Why?
  • Place some small items, like a rock or small toy in the cup. Now try dropping your parachute. What changed?

Take paper, sticks and string and make a kite. Follow these links to help get you started:


Test and Discuss:

  • How did your kite fly?
  • What could you change to make it fly higher? longer?
  • What did you notice about the wind while flying your kite?
  • What about tying it to the back of your bicycle? What happens then?

Extension Activities:

  • Roll a piece of stiff paper into a cylinder and tape it. Add curling ribbon, crepe paper streamers, or other decorations to make a wind sock. Hang it outside your home and whenever you are outside, check it and see what it is doing. Does it move differently based on which way the wind is blowing?
  • Make your own wind! Gather things around the house you can use to make wind. What worked the best? Gather some lightweight objects and see if you can make them blow away in your “wind”.
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