Do your kids love windy days? Ours do and we notice that they’re often a little more excitable and fidgety when it’s blustery outside too!
It’s easy to just take windy days for granted and let them pass by without much special attention. I guess we’ve all thought of flying kites but there’s so many more things to do with kids on windy days that will help develop their observational skills and encourage them to investigate the world around them.
So let’s really make the most of blustery, gusty, windy days and get outside with these super activities to develop kids’ observation and stretch their thinking and problem solving skills.
Fun Things To Do With Kids On Windy Days
It’s so lovely to be able to enjoy being outside and spending time together in the wind. There’s so much that we as adults can bring into our children’s experiences through chatting together to introduce them to new ideas and new things to see.
We’ve listed below some of our favourite windy day things to do and hope you’ll have a lot of fun with these ideas too.
- Watch branches and notice that they sway and bend in the wind.
- See how fast the clouds are passing overhead.
- Look at how the clouds change shape in the wind.
- Watch the long lawn grasses and see how they bend in waves like the sea.
- Turn to face the wind and turn away from the wind. Feel the wind on your face and try to work out which direction it is coming from.
- Hold up fluffy dandelion heads and see if the wind blows the seeds away.
- Look at how the wind blows the leaves about on the ground. If you are around buildings sometimes the wind blows the leaves around in circles.
- Blow bubbles in the wind and see what happen.
- Place a clothes drier outdoors with a few tea towels hanging on it and watch to see if the wind blows it over.
- Look across the surface of a puddle, pond or a lake. Can you see how the wind effects the water?
- Place a lightweight ball on a level piece of ground, or yard and watch how the wind moves it about.
- Make a wind sock.We have a fabulous up cycled rainbow windsock that’s super easy to make.
- Talk about how we harness the wind to help us. Can the children think of windmills, sailing boats or wind power generators.
- Hang some wind chimes and listen to the sounds they make.
- Have fun handwashing some doll or teddy clothes and hanging them on the line outside to dry.
Questions To Ask Kids On A Windy Day To STRETCH Their Thinking
Asking kids some questions about the wind can really prompt their thinking and problem solving. Here are a few to get you started.
- Can you see the wind?
- Listen – Can you hear the wind?
- Do the trees make any sound as the wind blows by?
- Can you think of other things that make a sound as the wind passes by?
- What words describe those sounds? Do they make “Squeaky” and “Groaning” noises? Do they “Swish” or “Swoosh”? Children can have a lot of fun making up their own descriptive sound words.
- Can you hear the wind getting closer or further away as it blows across trees?
- Does the wind blow constantly?
- Does the wind change direction? How would we know?
- How do we use the wind to help us?
- Does the wind ever do any damage?
Wind is such a wide topic and there are so many things to do with kids on windy days that encourage their observational skills and their curiosity to find things out. We hope you have lots of fun together outside the next time it gets blustery.
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