Exploring ‘the wind’ is a great opportunity to introduce children the impact of climate change and global warming and how clean energy, such as wind generation, can reduce greenhouse emissions.
1. Go for a windy walk - chat about what things move in the wind and why.
2. Chat about different strengths of wind - calm, light breeze, fresh breeze, high wind, gale, hurricane. (Tip! - write these descriptions on a piece of paper and ask your child to sort them into the correct order, or ask then to draw a visual representation of each description.)
3. Research some of the windiest places in NZ and on earth and plot them on a map.
4. Colour fun wind images.
5. Find pictures of different windmills or visit one.
6. Visit one of New Zealand’s 17 wind farms or take a virtual tour.
7. Design or draw a picture of a windmill or wind turbine.
8. Craft your own wind turbine, windmill or pinwheel.
9. Visit the library to find cool books about wind power.
10. Pretend to be a weather reporter talking about wind.
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