Select a gusty day and look for signs of the wind.


  1. Jar of bubbles, bubble wand
  2. Balloons
  3. Crepe-paper streamers or scarves
  4. Trash bags
  5. Pinwheel Pattern (PDF)

Teaching the Lesson

  1. Look out a window or sit in a sheltered area outside. Ask: Can you see the wind? Encourage children to explain how they know the wind is there.
  2. Ask: Which direction is the wind blowing? Is it difficult to tell?
  3. Once outside, lead the class in these activities.
    • Run with the wind.
    • Run into the wind. Which is easier?
    • Run faster than the wind. Slower.
    • Skip with the wind. Jump. Hop.
    • Stand still and move your arms like the wind.
    • Twirl and whirl like the wind.
    • Wet a finger and hold it up in the air. What do you feel? (The wind will cool one side as it passes by.)
  4. Provide streamers to run with and balloons to chase. Blow bubbles. Which way do they go? (Use the bags to collect balloons before going back inside.)

Literature Connection

In The Wind Garden by Angela McAllister (Lothrop, Lee, & Shepard, 1994), Ellie and her Grandpa "plant" a unique wind garden. Make pinwheels to plant using the pattern on the next page. Here's how:

  • Have students cut out the square, color both sides, and cut on the dashed line. Be sure students don't go beyond the dashed lines. They need to stop cutting before the center dot.
  • Show children how to take the point of each section and bend it over so that it touches the circle. Glue in place.
  • Carefully stick a thumbtack through the center of each child's pinwheel into the eraser of an unsharpened pencil. Be sure the thumbtack is attached firmly while still allowing the pinwheel to spin.
  • Let children "plant" their pinwheels in a flower bed or sandbox to create a wind garden then "pick" the pinwheels at the end of the day and take them home.