Teachers 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.
-two sheets of ordinary 8.5” x 11” paper
-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)
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).
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.
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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