“It’s easy to learn about the force and physics of wind through the Internet or a book, but it is a completely different experience to feel to force and physics of wind for yourself with a kite in hand.” – Jennifer Ward in Let’s Go Outside
We started with kite in hand before we ever talked about wind or energy or physics with Ladybug. The photograph to the right is from a beautiful spring day this past May. My family picked me up from work to fly kites. That we can never pass up a kite day is one of the things I love most about my family.
Later I wanted to connect the experience to science (as usual), so I went in search of a picture book to remind Ladybug of flying a kite. Like a Windy Day by Frank Asch was perfect. It follows a young girl as she imagines herself doing all the things wind can do.
From there, we moved on to I Face the Wind by Vicki Cobb, which is part of the Science Play series. The series is designed to get young children to engage with science and nature actively. The books are full of activities and readers are encouraged to do the activities as they come upon them in the book. Cobb says in the introduction: “This book is designed so that your child can make discoveries.”
We discovered that wind is made of air. You can’t see it, but you can see what it does. Considering Ladybug is only three, I think that’s a good start.
More activities for preschoolers learning about wind:
- Who Has Seen the Wind? offers a few simple suggestions to help kids understand wind energy at Preschool Discovery.
- Learn to make a windsock in this post on Education.com.
- Preschool Playbook has a few different crafts to go along with a unit on wind and weather in this post.