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Make a windsock or weather vane


Make a windsock or weather vane

What to do with this activity?

Have you ever seen a windsock at an airport or by the side of a sports pitch? It shows you very clearly which direction the wind is coming from, and how fast it is blowing. Our weather depends on which way the wind is blowing. In Ireland when the wind comes from the south we get warmer weather, and if the wind comes from the north it gets cold. 

The wind in Ireland changes direction all the time, moving from areas of high air pressure to areas of low pressure. Even locally, notice how wind changes direction in the morning and evening when you are near the seaside. That's because the land and the sea heat up and cool down at different rates.

Find lots more information on wind and weather on this link from Weather Wiz Kids.

If you want to see which way the wind is blowing, here are video instructions to make a simple windsock from items you have around the house. Another instrument that shows you the direction of the wind is a weather vane or weather cock. Here's a video from Howcast that shows you how to make one. 


  • Why am I doing this?

    Playing is one of the most effective ways children learn. It builds your child’s concentration and thinking skills as well as building their skills in using numbers, seeing patterns and being able to group things together. Playing games with others helps their social skills and gives them a chance to practice things they have heard and seen.

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    Playing games that involve words are great for increasing your child’s vocabulary. Games that involve dices and numbers help with maths and logical reasoning.

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