Make your own pinwheel and learn about wind.
- Pinwheel Template: Color (English), Color (Spanish) or Black & White
- Unsharpened pencils with erasers
- Crayons and markers
- Blunt scissors
- As you're getting ready, talk with your kids about wind. Ask:
Ask your kids to think of different ways they can make the air move and create wind (blowing, waving their hands, fanning the air with objects). Have them practice creating a soft breeze, then a strong gust of wind.
- Can you see the wind on a windy day? How do you know it's there?
- Have you ever been outside on a windy day?
- What did it sound like? What did it feel like?
- What did you notice was blowing in the wind?
- If you are using the Black & White Pinwheel Template, have children color the pinwheel. For a more colorful pinwheel, encourage them to decorate the back of the sheet, too.
- Help your kids cut out and assemble the Curious George pinwheels. Follow the instructions on the Pinwheel Template.
- Have your kids explore ways to create wind and make their pinwheel spin—for example, by blowing at it or walking with the pinwheel held in front of them. Kids will discover that the wind needs to hit the pinwheel at the right angle in order to make it spin. Ask your kids:
- What do you notice?
- What is making the pinwheel spin?
- Can you make it spin faster? Slower?
- Can you make it spin in the opposite direction? How?
Age Range: 3-5
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- I Face the Wind by Vicki Cobb
- The Wind Blew by Pat Hutchins
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