Air is invisible to the human eye, impossible to feel until you move, but powerful when it comes in the form of wind. Whether you're a preschool teacher looking for ideas for your wind theme, or a parent whose child seems entranced by the wind, there are games you can play with children that involve the wind or the air.
Keep It in the Air
This game is a great way to get out plenty of excess energy, but make sure that children don't get too overtired from too much blowing. The goal of the game is to keep a feather up in the air for as long as possible - using only your breath. It works well for one child, but can be played with two or three children as well. Alternatively, you can give the child a hairdryer to use to keep the feather up in the air instead.
Challenge children to a blowing race. Each child starts with a packaging peanut or another light object at one edge of the table. The goal of the game is to get the peanut to fall off the opposite side of the table, using nothing but your breath. Alternatively, you can give children a box full of light objects and challenge them to choose the one that they think will reach the other side of the table the fastest.
Shopping Bag Kite
Many children enjoy flying a kite, and this recycled kite craft is no exception. On a windy day, take a plastic grocery bag and tie a long string to the handles of the bag. Challenge children to find the best way to fly this kite. Children will enjoy running with the kite until the bag fills with wind. At that point, the kite will rise into the sky.
Here Comes the Wind!
This activity works well with a full class or a large group of children. It should be played in a carpeted, narrow area, such as a small classroom. While it begins like a normal game of tag, as soon as one child gets tagged, the two children hold hands together as they call out "Here comes the wind!" Each child who gets tagged gets "swept up" into the wind and joins the chain. The game ends when only one individual player is left, with the rest of the group having already joined "the wind chain."