WIND - Flying a Kite
T has a real kite, but I didn't imagine it would be feasible to get a kite in the air with a toddler in tow and only two hands to do it all. So before going out in the wind, we did a little craft. I gave my toddler a paper bag (lunch sized) and a marker (markers are waaaay more exciting for him than crayons because he can see the fruit of his labor (aka - scribbles) much more easily). After he finished his masterpiece, I punched holes in the four corners of the bag and tied two short pieces of yarn, crisscrossed, one end in each hole.
We also enjoyed one of T's favorite outdoor activities - blowing bubbles! (or, "bubbies" as he calls them) this was a great time to continue using the word "wind" to talk about what was blowing the bubbles around. It was also a good chance to talk about the concepts of big vs. small and fast vs. slow. At one point the stars aligned and three bubbles were arranged, in order of increasing size, right in front of us on the lawn without popping. Perfect chance to see the difference in size!
- Bummer #1, which I should have anticipated, was that the process of this activity was really not fun for a toddler. It was easy and quick, but he certainly didn't understand the concept of what we were doing and just wanted to play with the toys.
- Bummer #2 was that the day was very windy. I probably should have anticipated the problems this would cause as well. By the time I went to collect our painting, the paper and the objects were all over the yard.
It must have stayed put for a little bit, since you could see some of the darker shadows from the object. But it was barely noticeable. I will file this activity away to revisit in a few years on a not so windy day.