Observing the Strength of the Wind - Science for Kids

Have fun observing the strength of the wind as you and the kids conduct an experiment together. In this activity, wind is created with a small fan to determine how much weight the wind can move. Can you guess which items will be swept away by the wind?

Observing the strength of the wind - Preschool Toolkit

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We love STEAM activities that are easy to set up using simple household materials. Cardboard is the main ingredient in this marble run that will be a hit with kids. Clothespins can easily be transformed into a simple catapult.

This wind experiment uses colorful paper and a variety of everyday items such as crayons, feathers and clothespins.

Supplies

Supplies for wind experiment for preschoolers

  • construction paper
Instructions

1. Cut construction paper into strips measuring 3 x 12 inches (7 x 30 cm).

Steam activity for kids exploring wind

 

2. Tape one end of each strip to the top of a low table so the paper hangs down as shown in the photo.

steam observing the wind experiment for kids

3. Tape various weights to the ends of the paper strips - feather, crayon, clothespin, cotton swab. Leave one strip empty.

Observing the strength of the wind steam activity for kids

 

4. Use a small desk fan to create "wind". Position the fan so the breeze blows gently over the strips of paper.

5. Observe the movement of the paper.

  

Learning through play

  • predict which of the items the wind will easily move
  • observe which strips are too heavy for the wind to move
  • sort items according to light and heavy
  • place a few items on the floor or on a table top to see if the 'wind' can move them

 

Experiments like these make science fun and accessible for you and the kids to enjoy together.

What items will you test in your experiment?

 

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