Summer Fun 2017 - Week 2

Summer Holidays have arrived and for children it is one of the best times of the year. National Parents Council Primary would like to help you and your family make the most of the holidays

How to Make a Wind Vane

Breezy weather? Help your young scientist relate it to weather across their community and make a wind vane for kids—a simple version of a classic scientific measurement tool—in the process!

What You Need:

Round plastic drinking cup , or round food storage container

Paper plate

Pebbles or sand

Sharpened  pencil with eraser

Drinking  straw (a straight one ,  no  bendies!)

Straight pin

Poster board or card stock paper

Black permanent marker


What  You Do:

  1. Start by putting the plastic container on the plate , and turn the container upside down.  Trace around  the lid ,  and then make  another circle  around  the outer edge ,  at least 2  inches wider than the first one .
  2. Use a ruler to divide the lid in half along  its diameter,  and  then divide each of those halves in half.  Have your child write  the words for the  four parts of the compass along the outer edge  of each of the four sides. Moving  from the  top, clockwise, your child should write  “ North,  East,  South, and  West.”
  3. Now open the container.  Stick a blob of modeling clay or putty on the  bottom of the container, and then fil the remainder to the top with pebbles or sand .  Snap the container lid on and tape it,  if necessary,  to  keep it secure .
  4. Glue  the  container,  upside down, onto the card board  compass base you just made
  5. Take the sharpened pencil, and poke it through the centre of the plastic container so that the eraser is on top,  and the point is held by the putty and  sand .
  6. Now, cut a broad triangle and a square, both about 3 inches across from your construction paper.  Cut a slit in each end  of the straw.  Slide the triangle onto one end and the square onto the other.  Use a bit of glue if they seem to  slip.  Push the pin through the centre of the  straw and  attach it to the  top of the pencil  eraser.  If you flick the straw,  or blow on either end ,  it should move freely.
  7. Take your wind vane outside to a place where the wind is not highly obstructed.  Help your child  find  north,  south,  east, and west on a real  compass,  and line  up  the  wind  vane accordingly.  Wait for the next breezy day;  the  arrow will  point to  where  it’s coming  from.

If you would like to send us some photographs of your child's work for our website that would be great!