Wednesday, April 4, 2012


Windsocks are a great way to learn about the wind. Add a bit of fun to science today by making your very own windsock.

· sleeve of a large, old long-sleeved shirt
· needle and thread (adult supervision required)
· string
· wire (adult supervision required)
· small rock
· scissors (adult supervision required)

Cut one sleeve off an old long-sleeved shirt. Bend the wire into a circle. Make sure it is the same size as the top of the sleeve. Place the wire into the top end of the sleeve. Take the needle and thread, and stitch it so the wire will stay in place. You have just now made the mouth of the windsock.

Now, place the rock in some cloth on one edge of the wire. Sew it on tight to hold it in place. Tie the string onto the wire opposite the rock. Tie the other end of the string to a branch where it can move freely. The rock will keep the windsock facing into the wind.

Now that your windsock is working, grab a compass to find the direction of the wind.

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