Wind is the movement of air, generated by natural occurrences in and around the Earth. This weather condition isn't as easy to explain to a three- to four-year-old as snow or rain, because wind is an element we can't touch and see. Help young children explore the wind with simple, fun and entertaining wind art activities you can enjoy together.
Make a Simple Fan
Help your child discover wind by helping her create it. Make a simple fan in minutes. Start with a sheet of paper (at least 8 inches by 10 inches) and some crayons or markers. Let your child design the picture on her fan with the crayons. Suggest a tornado, a self-portrait in strong wind, or another weather-related image. When she has finished drawing, take the paper and make a straight, even fold across the length of the paper, about an inch from an edge. Flip the paper over and fold an equally wide fold on the opposite side. Repeat until the entire sheet of paper is pleated. Wrap and secure string or yarn around the bottom of the paper to make a handle and to keep the fan from coming undone. Use the fan to help your child explore the effect of wind on common objects like hair, water or other pieces of paper.
Build a Paper Kite
Make a high-flying masterpiece to help your child explore the basics of wind. Start out with a paper plate. Help your child decorate the plate with markers, tissue paper or glitter. Be careful not to make the plate heavy, or it may not fly. Next, help him attach a few 1-foot-long streamers to the plate using glue or tape. Then, punch a hole into the edge of the plate. Take a piece of strong string around 30 feet long and tie one end securely through the hole. Hot glue or tightly tie the other end of the string to a craft stick or handle. Once ready, wrap the remaining string around the stick and take your kite outside. Point out how the wind affects the kite.
The pull of the wind can be very strong, so you may need to help the child fly his kite. If the wind is particularly strong, decorate a balloon and tie it to the string in place of the kite.
Create an Easy Wind Chime
For a wind project that makes a bit more noise, try creating a quick and easy wind chime with your little one. Start with two 6-inch-long craft sticks. Glue the two sticks together at their centres, so that they form an X. Wrap a piece of string around the X for support and tie a loop at the top for hanging. Next, take six to 16 washed lids from frozen juice cans. Have your child decorate each of the lids with glitter, tissue paper, beads, bells or other materials. Cut four pieces of string, each about 1 foot long, and glue a lid to the end of each of them. Then glue lids in the middle and top of the strings in any pattern so they will clash in the wind. Attach each piece of string to the sticks by tying or gluing them. Tie another piece of string where the two top sticks cross and use it to hang the wind chimes in a breezy area where you and your child can enjoy the sounds the wind creates.
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