Wind and Air Preschool and Kindergarten Activities, Crafts, Science Lessons, Games, and Printables.
Wind and air are blowing into town for this theme. Children will explore both phenomenon through song, literature, science, movement, math, and art. They will have hours of learning fun making wind socks, painting with straws, conducting science experiments, matching kites, racing cotton balls, spelling in bubbles, and many more activities and games starring wind and air as the central attractions.
Key Science Concepts Wind can move things. Wind is moving air.
1. Discuss that the wind can move things. The wind moves the clouds in the sky. It can move sailboats on the water. Together with children, think and demonstrate different ways they can make the air move and create a breeze (blowing, waving the hands, using a fan, etc.). Ask if they know of any tools or machines that move air (hair dryers, fans, etc.).
Discuss with children that in the story "The Three Little Pigs" the wolf uses the air from his lungs to blow the pigs' houses down. Explain that when air moves it is called wind. Strong winds are able to move heavy objects effortlessly.
Explain to children that air is invisible to the human eye and impossible to feel until it moves. Ask children to hold their breath for five seconds and then breathe out and while holding a hand in front of their mouth to feel the air. Talk about how air helps to move things such as kites, parachutes, birds, leaves, etc.
Hand out a ping pong ball to each child and let them blow and move the ball around the floor. Expierence with different strengths of blowing and different distances and angles from the ball.
Science Table Provide a variety of objects (straw, twigs, wooden blocks, ping pong balls, Lego blocks, leaves, different sized rocks, paper, balloons, etc.). Let children use their breath or a straw to blow and try moving the objects around the table without touching them. Children will discover which objects they can move and which they can't. Let children record their findings.
Extension: Let children use a blow-dryer to move the objects.
The Playful Wind
Original Author Unknown
The wind came out to play one day. (Cup hands and pretend to blow like the wind.)
He swept the clouds out of his way. (Make a sweeping motion with hands.)
He blew the leaves and away they flew. (Make fluttering motions with fingers.)
The trees bent low and their branches did too! (Lift arms up high and lower them.)
The wind blew the great big ships at sea. (Repeat sweeping motion.)
The wind blew the kite away from me. (Cup hand over eyes and tilt head as if watching kite go.)
I See the Wind
Original Author Unknown
(Tune: Hush Little Baby)
I see the wind when the leaves dance by. (Wave hands in front of body.)
I see the wind when the clothes wave "Hi!" (Wave hello.)
I see the wind when the trees bend low. (Put arms over head and bend to the side.)
I see the wind when the flags all blow. (Stand up and wave arms above head.)
I see the wind when the kites fly high. (Stretch arms up high.)
I see the wind when the clouds float by. (Put arms down and wave hands gently.)
I see the wind when it blows my hair. (Lift hair with hands.)
I see the wind 'most everywhere! (Hold hands out with palms up.)
|Stained Glass Kite Craft||Balloon Rockets|
What you need:
Plastic grocery bag
Crepe streamers (optional)
Hand out a grocery plastic bag and a Sharpie to each child. Press the plastic grocery bag flat in front of them. Let children draw eyes, eyebrows, and a nose on the plastic bag. Explain that the bag opening will be the mouth of the air catcher. If desired, glue some crepe streamers to the top for hair. Tie the ends of a two-foot long piece of yarn to the two handles of the plastic grocery bag. On a windy day, let children take their "Wind-Catcher" outside to try to catch the wind. Let children hold the yarn in their hands and let the wind fill the "Wind-Catcher."
Let children go outside and blow bubbles. Talk about how bubbles are filled with air. Let the wind do the bubble-blowing work on a windy day. To make giant-sized bubbles, mix up a batch of bubble brew in a large tub using 2/3 cup Dawn or Joy dish detergent and 1 tablespoon glycerin per gallon of water. Let the bubble brew sit for 24 hours before using. Shape wire coat hangers or floral wire into big bubble wands. The large end of a funnel can also be dipped in bubble solution and blown through from the smaller end.
|The Wind Blew||I Face the Wind (Science Play)||A Kite Day (Bear and Mole)|
|Kites Sail High||The Boy, The Kite, and the Wind||Kites||Kite Flying|
|Feel the Wind||Like a Windy Day|
|The Three Little Pigs||Weather||W for Wind|