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Wind Toys

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Location: Outdoor
Promotes: Nature
How to play

Wind Wand

To make a wand, cut Mylar, cellophane, fabric, crepe paper, or ribbon into six 1-inch strips, each approximately 12 inches long. Tape these strips securely to a tongue depressor, a plastic bangle bracelet, or a small paper plate. Encourage your child to hold her wand high and run with the wind, then run against it. Can she tell which direction the wind is coming from? On a rainy or still day, your child can wave and shake her Wind Wand indoors while dancing to her favorite music.

Kite

Help your child make a simple kite with an 81/2 x 11-inch sheet of paper and a piece of string. First, let her decorate the paper with crayons, markers, or stickers. Then, fold a 2-inch piece of tape over the bottom edge of the sheet of paper. Punch a hole through the tape and attach a string about 2 to 3 feet long. When your child is ready to fly her kite, show her how to hold it high above her head and run into the wind. Her kite will flutter behind her.

Bubbles

On a breezy day, blowing bubbles can be particularly dramatic. Make a batch of Homemade Bubble Mixture, and fashion a bubble wand from a pipe cleaner that has been wrapped around a pencil, dowel, or stick.

Learning and Growing

Activities that involve racing or running with the wind can be exhilarating for your child. They offer opportunities to study cause and effect and help her become more aware of weather.

What you'll need

Wind Wand

  • Mylar, cellophane, fabric, crepe paper, or ribbon cut into 1" x 12" strips
  • Tongue depressor, plastic bangle bracelet, or small paper plate
  • Tape

Kite

  • 8 1/2 x 11-inch sheet of paper
  • Tape
  • Hole punch (optional)
  • String or yarn

Homemade Bubble Mixture

  • 1/4 cup dishwashing liquid
  • 2 gallons water
  • 1 tablespoon glycerin, available at any drugstore (optional)
  • Mix together gently and you have what it takes to make bubbles.
 
 
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