Make a Windsock

Preschool Science Activities: Make a Windsock

What You Need:

  • Colored tissue paper
  • Chenille stem (pipe cleaner)
  • Yarn or string
  • Child-safe scissors
  • Tape or glue
  • Hole punch

What You Do:

  1. Show your child how to start at the bottom of the tissue paper and cut the paper into strips, leaving about three inches uncut at the top of the piece of paper. While it's certainly easier (and neater!) to do the cutting yourself, cutting is excellent fine motor practise for kids, building their hand muscles for writing.
  2. Place the chenille stem on the top edge of the tissue paper. Fold the paper over the chenille stem and tape the paper down. 
  3. Connect both ends of the chenille stem to make a hoop and tape or glue both ends together.
  4. Cut a piece of yarn about 12 – 16 inches in length.
  5. Punch two holes near the top of the completed windsock and use the yarn to hang it outdoors.
  6. Wait for a windy day, then go outside with your child and watch the windsock. Ask your child to tell you what direction the wind is coming from and describe if it’s a low wind or high wind day based on his observation.

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