This is a fun activity to introduce your child to the wind by making a wind catcher with nature materials you collect outside.
What is our theme? Weather
What is the lesson (overall purpose)?
There are many different kinds of weather. One of them is wind. What makes the wind blow? What does it feel like on a windy day? What happens to the trees when it’s windy?
LC30 The younger toddler listens to stories.
CD61 The younger toddler discovers living things in nature
CD64 The older toddler observes and identifies living things and begins to identify their basic needs
AL11 The younger toddler expands his exploration of the environment
AL13 The older toddler expands his exploration of the environment
Exploring materials and discovering scientific concepts through the use of nature materials.
Songs, Books & Videos (Motivational Techniques)
https://youtu.be/jQJ8dgnKuYQ Read aloud book “Like A Windy Day
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJ1SwI7mk2M Song “Who Has Seen the Wind?”
2 medium length sticks
natural materials (small twigs, pinecones, seed pods, acorns, feathers, etc)
twine or string
To make a wind catcher, choose 2 medium length sticks and an assortment of objects from nature. Tie the two medium sticks together to form an ‘X’. Attach the twine to the natural objects. Then tie them to the larger sticks. Hang on a tree and observe them in the wind.
Activity Wrap Up:
What happened to the objects? Did they all move the same way in the wind? Were some too heavy for the wind to move them? Did the items bump into each other and make a sound?
How do I know what my child is learning? (Assessment)
It is through interaction with others and materials in the environment that a child actively constructs his or her development, learns to use tools, makes things happen, and finds out about the physical properties of things.
How can you extend this activity? (Modifications)
Try making a wind catcher with material you find inside. Try tying tissues, paper towels, empty applesauce cups, empty toilet paper or paper towel tubes, or empty yogurt pouches to the sticks. Do these materials act differently than the natural materials when the wind blows? Did they make a different sound when they bumped into each other?
Helpful Hints: (Pitfalls & Solutions)
If it isn’t a windy day, try having mom or dad hold the wind catcher, and use a hair dryer or electric fan to blow the items.