I love wind. As I’m supposed to have been writing this I’ve actually been watching the chooks out my window with their tails being blown over their backs. (On a side note, we shut the door so they couldn’t get to their nesting spot in the shed and they’re really upset. They keep trying to get in or get comfortable on concrete under a tyre. We’re supposed to be building the pen for the babies right outside my window and I can tell it will be a disaster. If you don’t hear from me for a while I’m watching chicks.)
Anyway. The cerebral reason I love wind is because it lets us observe air. It’s both a demonstration that air is there even though we can’t see it, and it reminds us that ‘observe’ doesn’t mean ‘see.’ Then you have the idea that we are just one small part of a much larger system and things a long way away can have large consequences for us. The other reasons I love wind have to do with rushing, flying, snuggling, whistling, howling and all those more emotional things.
Wind is a great thing to introduce children of all ages to.
Babies (and older)
- Go outside!
- Shadows and moving trees
- Board books about weather
Toddlers (and older)
- Blowing bubbles
- Simple kites
- Running fast
- Stories about wind, there are quite a few stories based on being blown away.
- Making their own windchimes.
- Balloons. Tie a small loop in the end of the string them slip the string through to make a large resizeable loop to go over their hand then tighten. Saves lots of tears 🙂
Preschoolers (and older)
- Blowing dandelions and grass seeds
- Watching for willy-willies
- Searching for piles of leaves or feathers blown by the wind. We have a particular area that is full of feathers because it is just downwind of the neighbour’s chook pen.
- Swinging on their tummy
- Imagining being blown away.
- Blowing on toy boats
Schoolkids (and older!)
- Making pinwheels
- Letting yourself be pushed along on a bike. We used to do this on the causeway at Rottnest Island, which is extremely windy, and compete to see who could get the furthest without pedalling.
- Making kites
- Paper lanterns
- Weather diaries
- Non-fiction books about cyclones or weather.
Go outside and play with it today! Do you have other ideas to share?
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