Weather Experiments for Kids

Wind Wondering

Investigate wind patterns in this experiment.
Investigate wind patterns in this experiment.

The wind wondering experiment answers some basic questions: Which way does the wind blow, and how does it change from day to day? Kids will learn to track this data, and draw conclusions from it, in this colorful experiment.

What You'll Need:

  • Crepe paper streamers
  • Tape or stapler
  • Notebook paper
  • Pen or pencil

Carefully staple or tape six crepe paper streamers, each about two feet long, to a tree branch or clothesline.

Any time you see the paper flutter in the wind, take a few notes. Which way is the wind coming from? How long do the papers stay in motion? Write your notes on a piece of paper for at least one week.

At the end of the week, check to see if there are any regular patterns. Does the wind seem to blow mostly from the east? Check the trees and plants growing in your yard. Do they tilt ever so slightly to the east? Could the wind have something to do with the leaning?

Who knows for sure? That's what science is all about -- asking good questions and doing your best to find answers.

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