Spring is a great time for children to learn about the weather. This year our springtime weather is expected to be especially exciting – with forecasters predicting everything from strong wind and rainstorms to dramatic temperature swings and long periods of warmth.
Show Me The Air! is a great starting point for learning about the elements that make up our weather. This brightly illustrated book explains how we know that invisible air is all around us and explores inventive ways to see, hear and touch the air.
Explaining how air gives life and why it’s important to keep it clean, the book is a terrific launch pad for all kinds of engaging learning experiences with your children – we’ll share some ideas for these in future posts, so stay tuned. But today we are all about the wind (it’s blowing a gale outside Ginger Book HQ this very minute).
“When air moves it makes wind, which blows branches. It rustles grass. Wind moves the sails of a boat. Wind turns mills, which grind grain. It spins turbines to make electricity.Air turns, spins and blows… But it is still see-through,” writes Hee Jo Lee in Show Me The Air!
“Maybe an artist could draw the air?” asks the book. Or maybe you and your child could capture the air with a windcatcher like this colourful one made by our five-year-old volunteer?
How to make a recycled windcatcher
You’ll need: a cardboard tube from a cling film roll or piece of card you can roll into a tube; a roll of sticky tape; stapler; paper streamers, fabric off-cuts, ribbons, string… anything that can ben ripped or cut into strips.
Make it: Start by stapling a handle to the top of the cardboard roll so you can hang it up somewhere high to catch the wind.
Next, let your child loose taping the strips of fabric, ribbons and streamers up and down the roll – they may need some help with the taping.
Lastly, hang it outside and see what happens or carry it around the garden to see which spots attract the most wind.