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HAVE YOU SEEN THE WIND? [From: Weather]
Written by: Andrea Mulder-Slater [Andrea is one of the creators of KinderArt.com]

Age:

2-5 years

Activity Summary:

Little ones will conduct some science experiments as they learn about wind.

What You Need:

•Drinking straws
•Paper (make the paper a diamond shape - like a kite. This will help illustrate the "wind factor")
• Water-based paint in the primary colors - red, yellow and blue. (not too thick --- tempera is great -- if its too thick, add more water)
• Paint smocks & a covered work area.
•A hole punch.

What You Do:

  • Lay out the paper on the table or desk.

  • Place two blobs of paint in the center of the paper. Choose only two of the primaries so that secondary colors can be created.

  • Punch holes in the tops of your kinderartist's straws ... just to be sure that they don't accidentally suck up any paint during this activity.

  • Demonstrate how you can blow through a straw and move the paint on the paper.

  • By using two primaries, when the paint blobs touch eachother as they blow around, new colors will appear.

  • Talk about air and wind and how the air from your breath can make the paint move.

  • If you have a warm, windy day, take your kinderartists outside and lay a piece of really big paper on the ground.

  • Secure the paper by putting heavy books or rocks in the corners.

  • Put thin paint blobs on the center of the paper.

  • As the wind blows, it will push the colors together and new ones will appear.

  • You and your kinderartists can again talk about wind and air and movement ... you can also ask (and begin to answer) the question: Have you seen the wind?

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