Blowing in the Wind

Blowing in the Wind is a science project that teaches kids how to harness the power of the wind. The wind is sometimes like a bus or train. It picks up passengers from one place and transports them to another.

What You'll Need:

  • Cardboard
  • String
  • Vegetable oil or petroleum jelly

Learn About Blowing in the Wind:

Step 1: Get a piece of cardboard that is the size of a piece of notebook paper or larger. Make a small hole on one end of the cardboard, and tie a piece of string through the hole. Smear one side of the cardboard with vegetable oil or petroleum jelly.

Step 2: On a windy day, hang the cardboard from a tree using the string. Make sure the oily side of the cardboard is facing the wind. Leave the cardboard in the wind for an hour or more. Then go back and see what the wind has carried onto the cardboard. You may find seeds, insects, pollen, dust, or other tidbits of nature.

Step 3: Some plants (like the dandelion) use wind to help scatter their seeds far away. Sometimes the seeds can be carried for several miles or more! Small spiders can hang by their thread and let the wind blow them from spot to spot. What other ways can you think of to use wind?

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