Preschool Science Wind Experiment

In this activity, wind is created with a small fan to determine how much weight the wind can move. Have fun observing the strength of the wind as you and the kids conduct a simple experiment together. 

Wind science experiment for kids

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

After setting up the experiment, extend the fun and learning by predicting outcomes .

Can you guess which items will be swept away by the wind?

Wind experiment with a table fan

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This experiment with a small table fan explores the strength of the wind. 


Supplies for wind experiment

Paper and tape and a table fan are used in a wind experiment


  • construction paper
  • tape
  • scissors
  • small table fan


Instructions for wind experiment

steam activity for kids to explore wind


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

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

Observing the strength of the wind with small objects

3. Tape various objects to the ends of the paper strips to serve as weights (variables). 

Objects might include a feather, crayon, clothespin, and cotton swab.

Leave one strip empty (control).


Wind experiment for preschoolers


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
  • adjust the speed of the fan to serve as an additional variable


What items will you test in your experiment?

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




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