Wind Experiment Preschool STEM
A simple STEM activity for kids is easy to set up with a small table fan. Have fun observing the strength of the wind as you and the kids conduct this simple experiment together.
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We love science 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 and craft sticks can be transformed into a simple catapult.
Everyday, accessible materials provide hands-on activities at little cost.
With lots of opportunity for trial and error, we can encourage kids to handle materials in their own ways, to experiment, to improvise, to make observations.
Exploring natural elements is important for kids, to gain knowledge and understanding about the environment.
In this activity, wind is created with a small fan to determine how much weight the wind can move.
The activity requires construction paper and common items such as crayons, feathers and clothespins.
Wind experiment with a table fan
We experience the effects of air movement with all our senses: we feel a warm breeze on our cheeks; we smell bread in the air from a bakery around the corner; we hear the sound of an ocean wave pounding, through an open window; we see branches bending on a tree.
We also experience the stillness when there is little air movement.
Kids experience various degrees of wind in everyday play.
- Wind lifts a kite off the ground
- Wind swirls a pile of leaves around the yard.
- Wind carries soap bubbles into the air.
Kids naturally observe the role of air movement in these activities.
A kite is heavier than a soap bubble or a leaf.
Leaves are more difficult to rake into a pile on a windy day.
Set up this indoor experiment to spark curiosity about the properties of wind.
Supplies for wind experiment
- construction paper rectangles measuring 3 x 12 inches (7 x 30 cm)
- small table fan
Instructions for wind experiment
Kids can help set up the experiment, cutting out paper rectangles and attaching the weights.
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?
1. Tape one end of each paper rectangle to the top of a low table so the paper hangs down loosely.
2. Attach various objects to the ends of the paper strips with tape. These serve as weights (variables).
Objects might include a feather, crayon, clothespin, and cotton swab.
Leave one paper strip empty.
3. Position a small desk fan in front of the paper strips. Turn the fan on, with a setting that sends a gentle breeze over the paper.
Increase or decrease the setting as preferred.
4. Observe the movement of the paper.
Learning through play
Here are a few ways to explore and observe with a wind experiment.
- Predict which of the items the wind will easily move.
- Observe which paper strips are too heavy for the wind to move.
- Sort items according to weight.
- Adjust the speed of the fan to serve as an additional variable.
More: Place a few items on the floor or on a table top to see if the 'wind' can move them from one point to another.
Make science fun and accessible with simple experiments for you and the kids to enjoy together.
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