How to make a wind sock
Jen is passionate about crafting and cooking, she can often be found in the kitchen teaching the boys (aged 10 and 8 3/4) to make pizza dough, or making homemade gifts for family and friends. When not up to her eyes in flour or paint, she can be found writing about living in a creative family over at Mum in the Mad House.
Keeping the kids entertained this spring
It’s so much easier now that spring is here and we can make the most of the fabulous British countryside. I love spending time with my family and take every opportunity to create and learn with them. One of the ways we do this is to create something at home, such as this simple cloud and rainbow windsock and then take the fun outside.
This is a great learning opportunity for kids, even before you step outside! You can discuss the names of clouds, how they are formed or how rain and sunshine together can create a beautiful rainbow.
How to make a windsock
You will need
- Paper cup (or a square of cardboard to make a tube)
- 1/8 inch paper hole-puncher (or a nail)
- Cotton wool balls
- Sticky tape
- Cut the bottom out of your paper cup (if you have younger children then you can do this for them).
- Punch two holes at each side of the bottom of the paper cup with a 1/8 inch paper puncher - or a nail.
- Thread through your string and tie the ends together.
- Take a selection of ribbon (we used the various colours I had in my stash as we wanted it to look like a rainbow). Stick this to the top of the paper cup (we used sticky tape, but you could use glue). We used eight pieces of ribbon, but you could use more or less, depending on the look you want.
- Using glue, stick the cotton wool the outside of your cup to create a cloud. My boys are ten and nearly nine, so they are allowed to use a low-melt glue gun (always with my supervision) but you don’t need .
- Set your windsock aside and allow any glue to dry, before taking it outside and having some fun in the wind.
- Once you get your windsock outside start by holding it up and seeing if the wind blows the ribbons. See if your little ones can guess the direction of the wind!
- If there isn’t enough wind then let your child run around with the windsock and see how the ribbons trail behind them.
Other great activities spring activities:
Make a flower pinwheel
These are brilliant for popping in plant pots if you make them from craft foam.
Spring is filled with showers which is why this simple rain catcher is easy to make and you can chart the amount of rain that falls.
Painting with rain
This art project is a fantastic collaboration between children and the weather. Don’t worry if you have no rain, you would always make your own with a watering can.
My boys love growing their own vegetables and planting with children is a great way to demonstrate where their food comes from. If you are looking for quick growing plants try mint, radish or cress.
Jen’s ‘Keeping the kids entertained this spring’ sponsored by Flora.