Teaching kids about the wind can be a lot of fun! My kids have always been very interested in weather and love to check it each morning before school. We decided to build on that interest and learn a little bit about what wind is and how it works.
Everyone has felt wind before, but understanding how it moves around can be very complicated. We set up a simple science experiment to demonstrate how the air temperature causes air to move.
Wind Science Experiment for Kids
- Empty bottle
- Bowl of hot water
Hot air rises and makes the wind blow around. Show kids exactly what happens with a simple wind experiment.
Put the balloon on top of the bottle and show them that the only thing inside is air. Set the bottle in a bowl of hot water and watch the balloon inflate as the air inside warms up.
This really made the concept of wind much more concrete for the kids. After we knew how wind worked we made kites to go out and see it in action!
How to Make Paper Kites
- Multi-Color Construction Paper
- Wooden skewers
- Jumbo Triangular Pencils
- Toilet paper rolls
- Colored paper tape
- Twist ties
Cut a diamond shape out of the construction paper and have the kids decorate the kite with colored pencils. Cut the wooden skewers to fit the length and width of the kite and twist the twist tie around them to hold them together. Use the paper tape to tape the skewers to the corners of the kite.
Tape one end of the yarn to the empty toilet paper roll and wind a bunch around it. Tie the other end of the yarn to the middle of the skewers and go outside and play!
Construction paper kites don’t fly as well as plastic ones, but if there is a breeze they are perfect for the backyard! Making your own kite is not only fun, it’s also a great way to see how the wind blows at your house. Make and fly your own kites this summer. There are so many fun wind activities you can do to help your kids explore weather!