Summer fun 2018 - Week 1


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 windsock

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.


You will need

  • Paper cup (or a square of cardboard to make a tube)
  • 1/8 inch paper hole-puncher (or a nail)
  • String
  • Ribbon
  • Cotton wool balls
  • Glue
  • Sticky tape

What You Do:

Cut the bottom out of your paper cup (if you have younger children then you can do this for them). 

Carefully make two small holes at each side of the bottom of the paper cup.
Thread through your string and tie the ends together.  (Photos 2&3)

Take a selection of ribbon. Stick this to the top of the paper cup using sticky tape or glue.  (Photo 4)

Using glue, stick the cotton wool to the outside of your cup to create a cloud.  (Photo 5)

Put your windsock to one side and allow the  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 they 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.