Pony Artist loves the beautiful windsocks people put in their yards. When I offered the chance for her to make her own she was extremely excited.
Materials: Plastic shopping bag
Rubber bands (from produce)
Large twisty tie. (also from produce)
Hot glue gun
First, she used the crayon to color the bag.
Then she cut up some pink foam to use as a decoration. Initially, she asked for paper. It was a great opportunity to talk about what would happen to paper in the rain, and discuss what material best suited our project.
The Pony Artist showed me where she wanted the foam, and I used the hot glue gun to attach it. We put the newspaper in the middle to keep the sides of the bag from sticking together.
On one side she chose a random design.
On the other side she decided to glue a piece of foam on each letter. We talked about the sounds as we worked.
When we finished, she cut off the bottom of the bag. I glued rubber bands on two edges.
Using the twisty tie we attached the bag to a bamboo pole in our garden.
Now, the Pony Artist enjoys going outside to check the wind speed. This windsock picks up the slightest breeze, a rewarding result!
At our stage, this is a great weather study tool. For older kids, calibrating the windsock to actual wind speeds would be a fun extension.
Each month we look forward to project Recycle!Create! where we use a common material to do a project with or for our kids. It is a great opportunity to build environmental awareness by slowing down to notice how useful the things we throw away can be. It also can be a great way to talk about the composition(chemistry!) of different materials.
Or link up your own shopping bag project.