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3 years and up

Time and Place

⚙ Any time of day (when the wind is blowing)

⚙ Any time of year

⚙ Outdoors


⚙ Items that can be used to make a windsock (e.g., scarf, sock, paper, recycled objects)


Optional Materials 

​⚙A stick or a pole



⚙ Supervise children at all times 
⚙Dress children appropriately for windy weather


Play-based Context

If children are interested in the wind, encourage them to watch how the wind moves objects such as leaves. Engage the children in exploring wind direction and strength by observing how lightweight objects behave in the wind. Challenge children to design and make their own windsock.

Questions You May Ask 

⚙ How does the wind feel?

⚙ Can the wind move a [leaf, scarf, piece of paper, stone]?
⚙ What direction is the wind blowing? How can you tell?                      

⚙ What can you make to figure out the direction of the wind?

Related Children's Books

How to Make a Windsock by Ellen Tarlow

Wind  by Carol Thompson   

Wind by Helen Cox Cannons           


A group of preschoolers went for a walk on a very windy day. The educator encouraged the children to experience the wind and talk about its strength and direction.

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