Year 1 Science

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The Direction of the Wind

This activity can help your child see which way the wind is blowing and understand that the wind blows in different directions. The activity requires some cutting and stapling. Have your child do as much as you are each comfortable with.

Get Ready:

weather vane

Tell your child that together you are going to make a weather vane that she can use to see which way the wind is blowing.

You will need:

Try It!

The weather vane will look like an arrow. Cut two small squares out of a side of the plastic carton, as shown in the image. Staple one square to one end of the straw. Cut a triangle out of the other square, then staple the triangle to the other end of the straw.

Now, hold out your index finger and put the straw across it. Move until it balances on your finger. With a pen or marker, mark this balancing point. While being careful not to prick your finger, push a pin through the straw just at the balancing point.

Now take the straw with the pin through it and carefully push the pin into the rubber of the pencil. Push the pencil into the ground, straight up and down. Your weather vane is ready to be used!

The weather vane will point in the direction that the wind is blowing from. Put your weather vane outside, maybe in your garden or bring it to the park. Check your weather vane every day for a few days or more. Does the wind change directions?

This activity is adapted from pages 256 - 257 of What Your Year 1 Child Needs to Know, which can be purchased here.

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