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Catch the Wind

Whoosh! This great craft will teach your child the power of a summer breeze.
 

Learning Benefits

Hover over each Learning Benefit below for a detailed explanation.
Attention and Focus
Motor Skills
Observation
Experimentation

What you need:

  • a pinwheel, small flag, dishcloth, or handkerchief
  • heavy paper plate
  • scissors
  • 18"-lengths of colored yarn or crepe paper streamers
  • tape

What to do:

  1. On a windy day, go outdoors or open up your windows. Have your child hold up his hands. Can he feel the wind? Can he see the wind? What happens when he holds up a pinwheel, flag, dishcloth, or handkerchief?
  2. Create a wind catcher. With scissors, cut a large hole out of the center of a paper plate. Tape colorful yarn or crepe paper streamers all around the rim.
  3. Hold the wind catcher up to see which way the streamers blow. That will indicate where the wind is coming from.
  4. For added fun, invite your child to try twirling the wind catcher and running with it to see what happens to the streamers.
  5. Now listen to find out if your child can hear the wind blowing through the hole in the center of the catcher. What else can he hear?

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