Access keys | Skip to primary navigation | Skip to secondary navigation | Skip to content | Skip to footer
Problems viewing this site?
The Corner Toolkit  >  Themed activities  >  The Curious Corner  >  Explores  >  Making Wind

The Curious Corner explores

Making Wind


In this experience, children will experiment with different wind makers and objects to test simple scientific concepts.  In this activity children will have the opportunity to test observations and form generalisations.


Learning to reason and think logically are the outcomes of observing, experimenting and achieving. Children’s capabilities increase as they learn from their mistakes, challenge what they know and generate new understandings.

Key Concepts

Weight, strength, test

Key Language

Strong, light, heavy, week
What would happen if…


Straws (one for each participant), hand fan, mechanical fan, cardboard, foot powered pump, vacuum cleaner (reverse cycle) Objects of differing weights some that will move by wind power and some that won’t: feathers, balls of paper, tissue, streamers, toy cars, balls and books

Note: You will be racing the objects so it is a good idea to have two of some objects for a direct comparison.

Step 1: Targeted Group Reading

Gather children together for story time and show the children the covers of the following recommend books and tell them the titles.

‘What the Sky Knows’ Nikki Bourke
‘Up in the Tree’ Margaret Atwood
The Flying Orchestra’ Clare McFadden

Or other books from your collections that suit the theme of sky/wind. Ask children to look at the covers and think about the titles to try and guess what the books may be about. Lead the discussion to the sky and ask children to think about what they know of the sky, discuss weather and weather related phenomena such as sun, rain, rainbows.

Tell the children that all of the stories have wind in them and when we tell the stories they can make the sound of the wind.

Questions to ask:-

What does strong wind sound like?
What does gentle wind sound like?
And a light breeze?

Practice making wind sounds. You could even take them outside to feel the wind and notice how it makes things move.

Now that you have set up the reading experience through this preparatory discussion you can begin to read the stories.

Step 2: Introduce the activity

Show the children the various apparatus (wind makers) you have collected that will enable them to make wind. Explain that they are going to use these wind makers to try and move the objects they have collected.

Explain that they are going to test which objects they can move with each of the wind makers and before each test they are going to guess whether the object will move.

The aim is for children to be able, through testing and observation.

Step 3: What does wind feel like?

Let the children play with the wind makers.

Questions to ask:-

What does the wind feel like against your hands and face?
Can you describe/tell me how strong the wind feels? Is it strong or is it week?
What about the wind from the hand fan and the desk fan…which one is stronger?

Then after asking the children to wave the pieces of cardboard slowly.

Questions to ask:-

What sort of wind does this produce?
If you wave it faster what sort of wind does this produce?

Step 4: Wind and Objects

Put your collected objects that you will be moving on the table. Let the children examine the objects ask them to notice how heavy the objects are. Ask them to pick up the objects and compare the weight.

Questions to ask:-

Which is heaviest, which object is lightest?
Guess which object you think would be easiest to move with the wind?
Why did they chose the object they did?

Step 5: The Wind maker Test

Step 6: Conclusive Conversation

Once the children have had a turn of the wind maker test conclude the activity with a discussion about what they observed and found out during this test. Then finish of with a conclusive statement based on the conversations with the children. For example “So what we found was that…”. You may even wish to make a record of these findings using a pictorial chart for the children to refer to.


Last updated: 16th July 2013

Creatively engaging people with information, knowledge and community

Contact us

The Corner Kit

The Corner Toolkit

Themed Activities:
The Curious Corner

For more information please contact the State Library of Queensland's Literacy and Young People Service at