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Wind Blows!

Discover how things can be moved by wind through a playful activity.

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Explore wind through this observation, exploration and inquiry activity!

Snow is often accompanied by wind in cold-weather regions. Wind is moving air. Air currents happen when the Earth gets warmed unevenly, creating strong and mild winds.

Children will discover how wind blows by observation and exploration of objects and air movement by creating wind using their mouths.

Materials

For this developmental activity you will need:

heavy/light items to blow

straw

Learning Outcomes

Domain

Cognitive, Language

Skills

Learn about wind and its properties.

Indicators:

Making predictions

Observation and Inquiry

Science 

Optional: graphing

Instructions

Step 1:

Discuss with the students how snow is often accompanied by wind in cold-weather regions. Does your area experience cold, windy days during the winter months? 

Step 2:

Clear off a table and place a variety of objects on it. Include objects that will move easily when blown (cotton ball, pompom, feather) and objects that will be difficult to blow (block, rock, glass beads). Include a few objects that are a little harder to predict, as well. Suggestions include a large paper clip, a clump of playdough, a toy car, and a pencil. 

Step 3:

Have children predict which objects will move easily when blown and which will be difficult to move with air.

Step 4: 

Invite children to take a deep breath of air and then blow it out.. Have each child do it again while placing a hand in front of her mouth. Do the children feel the air coming out? That's wind! Another option can be blowing using a straw.

Step 5:

Have one child stand in front of the items. Have the child blow once to try to move the objects in front of them.  Take turns.

Step 6:

Share observations and results. Which objects moved? Have children blow again. Can anyone move his object far away? Compare the results with the children's original predictions.

Include some math: Have the children graph their predictions per item and later compare and contrast with results.

Extend: Talk about changes you can make to some of the items. For instance, a clump of playdough may not move easily, but what if you roll it into a ball first? Does changing the position of a toy car help? Encourage children to use their investigative skills to see if they can change some of the outcomes.

Playful Questions

What objects do you believe will move and why?

What objects do you believe won’t move and why?

Can we make changes to the objects so they can move?

What do you think makes the wind get stronger?

What things in the real world get moved by wind?

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