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Kids’ Art: The Wind

April 15th, 2012 · 8 Comments

wind art projectTeachers and parents often use storybooks to inspire art projects. Let’s face it, it’s an easy transition from storybook to art project. Yet, despite the common appearance of wind in stories (even as a main character in the often re-told fable, The North Wind and the Sun) you do not see many art project ideas for the wind. Here’s a wind art project for kids that’s fun to do and only takes a few minutes.


-three straws
-two sheets of ordinary 8.5” x 11” paper
-invisible tape
-one Popsicle stick (optional)

What to do:

1. Tape three straws together. Just wrap a a small amount of tape around one end of the straws, then do the same thing on the other end.

2. Tape the three straws to a Popsicle stick. Leave about 1.5 inches of Popsicle stick exposed. If you don’t have a Popsicle stick you can skip this step. (figure 1)

art project with popsicle sticks

3. The flap: (8.5” long x 1.5” wide) Cut a strip of paper 8.5” long and about 1.5” wide. Think of it like you are cutting the header off of a document. If your child is doing the cutting, make a line first, then let her cut along the line. Now tape the flap to the Popsicle stick. Tape it right about even to the end of the straws. (figure 2) (If you are not using a Popsicle stick, just tape the flap directly to the bottom of the three straws).

art project with straws

You’re done making the wind flap.

You can test the flap right now by blowing through the three straws. Just position the flap on top so that it hangs over the opening of the straws. When you blow, the flap should wave vigorously.

Now comes the decoration. You can decorate your project any way you like. Here’s one option that uses curled paper to look like wind currents:

4. Decoration (11” long x 2.5” wide) Cut a piece of printer paper along the length so that it is 11” long. The width should be about 2.5.” Now fold the length in half so that it ends up only 5.5” long. (figure 3 and 4)

measuring with kids
5. Now fold approximately one inch of the closed end onto itself. (figure 5)

6. Decorate the front and back with crayon or marker. Any decoration will look good. (figure 5 and 6)

coloring with kids

7. Cut thin strips from the open end toward the closed end. Don’t cut into the one inch fold you made in step five. (figure 7)

how to represent the wind

8. Use the edge of scissors to curl the paper the way you curl a ribbon (practice on scrap paper if you need to). (figure 8)

wind art decoration

9. Now roll the one inch strip you made in step five like a hat band. (figure 9 and 10)

10.Wrap the “hat band” around the three straws and secure with tape. ((figure 11)

11. Your wind art project is now complete. ((figure 12)

12.When you blow, hold it so the flap hangs over the opening of the straws—that way the flap will wave energetically every time.

wind decoration

Once you get the hang of this wind art design, try some variations. For example, try two straws instead of three. Or four straws. Make the flap longer, or thinner or fatter and see what happens. You can also try two flaps instead of one. What happens if you put holes in the flap, or cut a design along the edges? There’s really no limits to the variations you can pursue. Good luck!

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8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Amy // Apr 15, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Excellet project. I’m so glad you made this available (…with illustratons…)!


  • 2 Alex // Apr 15, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    I love the idea! I remember that book– beautiful pictures and great execution. I can’t wait to try this one :)

  • 3 Spaghetti Box Kids // Apr 15, 2012 at 6:16 pm


    Thanks for weighing in. Good to hear you like the project. I’ve seen next to nothing for this kind of activity, so I figured it was time to put something out there.

    And hey, how many art projects can you play with?


  • 4 Margo // Apr 15, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    Wow-THat looks cool. Great work illustrating the instructions! There’s nothing worse than not being able to follow what the heck is going on. But you make it look easy. Can’t wait to try it with my 2 kiddos!

  • 5 Spaghetti Box Kids // Apr 16, 2012 at 2:01 am

    Margo- I know what you mean about directions that sometimes don’t make sense. A picture or illustration almost always helps. Thanks for sharing your enthusiasm for this project. Good luck–


  • 6 Ann // Apr 16, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Your content is always original as well as useful/ relevant. This looks very visual, the fact that kids can play with it makes it that much more appealing. Nice job!

  • 7 Spaghetti Box Kids // Apr 17, 2012 at 1:43 am

    Ann, thanks for the comment. I’m glad the project appeals to you visually. Using bright colors in step six makes all the difference. Cheers, and thanks again. –AV

  • 8 Spaghetti Box Kids // Apr 24, 2012 at 2:03 am

    Alex- I missed your comment (above). Thanks for popping in and sharing your thoughts. That’s cool you remember The North Wind and the Sun. It’s a great kids’ story. Have fun with the project. Cheers-

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