Age: 2-5 years
Little ones will conduct some science experiments as they learn about wind.
What You Need:
•Paper (make the paper a diamond shape - like a kite. This will help illustrate the "wind factor")
• Water-based paint in the primary colors - red, yellow and blue. (not too thick --- tempera is great -- if its too thick, add more water)
Paint smocks & a covered work area.
•A hole punch.
What You Do:
- Lay out the paper on the table or desk.
- Place two blobs of paint in the center of the paper. Choose only two of the primaries so that secondary colors can be created.
- Punch holes in the tops of your kinderartist's straws ... just to be sure that they don't accidentally suck up any paint during this activity.
- Demonstrate how you can blow through a straw and move the paint on the paper.
- By using two primaries, when the paint blobs touch eachother as they blow around, new colors will appear.
- Talk about air and wind and how the air from your breath can make the paint move.
- If you have a warm, windy day, take your kinderartists outside and lay a piece of really big paper on the ground.
- Secure the paper by putting heavy books or rocks in the corners.
- Put thin paint blobs on the center of the paper.
- As the wind blows, it will push the colors together and new ones will appear.
- You and your kinderartists can again talk about wind and air and movement ... you can also ask (and begin to answer) the question: Have you seen the wind?
© Andrea Mulder-Slater and KinderArt ®