I love teaching my own children about anything from numbers, colours to weather and wildlife. My blog is all about how to do this using things that are around us, so reusing things that you will find around the home. I also want to show you how you can teach your children anything using the incredible free resource that is nature.  

At the moment we are experiencing some of the worse storms seen during our generation. Many people have lost their homes due to flooding. My sister lost her family home in 2014 due to a lightening strike hitting the roof of her house. Storms can be terrifying and sometimes a nuisance but we can also use these weather conditions as an educational tool.

This week we have been making our own wind socks. You will see wind socks used mainly in airports and airfields as they show the direction of the wind and the relative wind speed. We can make a simple version that children can use to show them the direction that the wind is travelling.

How To Make Wind Socks

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Equipment needed:

Container (old baked bean can, old milk carton, cracker pot etc.)

Ribbon, Tissue Paper, Newspaper etc.

Garden Twine (Strong piece of string)

PVA Glue

Glue Spreader or paint brush

Scissors

Method:

Baked Bean Can / Cracker Pot Wind Sock:

First thing to do is punch two holes into the bottom of the bean can and cracker pot, this is for the string. I did this by hammering a small screwdriver into the bottom.

Using the scissors cut long thin strips from the paper, about 4cm width or less. Cut shapes out of the paper to decorate the container with. Make sure all of the containers used have been cleaned before you start gluing.

Once the outside has been decorated and dried, glue the end of the paper strips onto the inside of the container.

Once that has dried, tie the string through the two holes to make a handle.

Milk Carton Wind Sock:

Cut the bottom off a clean milk carton and remove the lid. Pierce small holes all around the bottom of the container. Push the ribbon through the holes and tie a knot to prevent it from falling through the hole.

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