In the story, The Wind Blew, a gale force wind picks up and carries everything from an umbrella, a balloon, newspapers, a shirt, and more up to the sky. How strong is the wind? What other things can the wind blow? Let’s set up a Wind Station to find out.
Recommended Ages: Preschool/Kindergarten
Domains or Early Learning Standards: Scientific Reasoning
- Small fan (battery operated or electric)
- Collection of objects to test: pencil, feather, rock, hanky or tissue, small paper, wood block, foam block, etc.
Ask the children to describe their experiences with wind. Can the children name all the things that the wind blew in the story?
Activity: Set up a Wind Station in your classroom.
- Place a small fan on a low table.
- Put a collection of items for wind testing on a tray.
- Each child takes a turn picking one of the items and holding it in front of the fan. Let the item go. What happens? See which items the wind can carry away and which items fall right to the floor.
- Document your results on a chart.
*Image and activity idea borrowed from www.littlegiraffes.com/weather.html
Follow Up Activity: Try doing a similar experiment outside on a windy day.
*This activity requires close adult supervision due to the use of a small appliance.