By Meredith Brustlin, CMNH Educator
I love this windsock craft! It’s an art project that is accessible to all ages and abilities - and you get to sneak in a little bit of science. Here’s how to make your own windsock:
- Paper (printer paper, cardstock, construction paper, etc)
- Markers or crayons
- Crepe paper streamers or tissue paper cut into long strips
- Tape or glue
- A stapler
- A hole punch or scissors
- String or yarn
- Invite little ones to decorate their piece of paper with the markers or crayons. If you have stickers or stamps, you could use those, too!
- Once their paper is all decorated, flip it over so that you are looking at the back
- Tape or glue the streamers onto the bottom end of the paper
- If you used glue, give it a few minutes to dry
- Pick up the paper and curl it into a tube/windsock shape
- Staple on the top and the bottom
- Hole punch or cut small holes on either side of the top
- Put your string through the holes
- Hang up your windsock!
- The science behind windsocks is pretty simple...if you put your windsock outside, you’ll be able to tell a few things:
- If the wind is blowing
- How much the wind is blowing
- Which direction the wind is coming from!