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Step 1: Talk about the wind.
Step 2: Make a ribbon kite.
- Cut ribbon into 1 yard lengths.
- Fold pieces of ribbon in half and pass the folded center through the center of a mason jar ring, or a piece of cardboard with the center cut out.
- Thread the tails through the center and pull them through to form a knot.
- Then, tie a regular knot to keep it in place.
Step 3: Explore the wind.
- Hunt for the wind: How does the wind move the ribbons? Can your child tell if there is wind just by looking at the ribbons? How can your child tell if it is a strong wind? How can you tell what direction the wind is blowing in?
- Create your own wind: Run down a hill with kites in hand to feel the wind (and the wonderful vestibular input). Spin and dance with your ribbon kite and notice how the ribbons move.
- Find the windiest spot: Go for a wind walk and bring kites to find out where the wind is the very windiest today.
- Flag parade: Wave your flags as you sing or march to the beat of your favorite song.
- Pretend: Ribbon kites inspire joyful movement and imaginative play. We have seen ribbon kites transformed into the decoration for a fort or castle, a horse, a witch's broom, the ringmaster's staff in a pretend circus, and more.
- Explore other wind tools: Invite kids to test out other household objects and items from nature in the wind. Create a wind flag out of a piece of fabric, catch wind in a pillowcase, lift a bed sheet up and down to create air movement and hold up leaves and grasses to see how they flap in the wind.