Miffy in the Wind!

Miffy gets so excited when she looks outside and sees the wind blowing through the trees. She loves to fly her kite like in the episode, Miffy in the Wind. She also has several fun games and activities for windy days that you can try too!

1. Fly a kite

Flying a kite is definitely the most popular windy day activity. Don’t worry if you don’t have a kite, it’s really easy to make one!

Note: Ensure there is plenty of space and no overhead wires or power lines. 

How to make a simple homemade kite:

  • Out of a piece of white paper, cut out two equally sized diamond-kite shapes.
  • Paint, sticker and/or color one side of both pieces of paper.
  • After the papers have dried, glue the un-painted sides together.
  • Use a hole-punch to make a small hole in the bottom corner of the kite.
  • Cut a long piece of yarn for the kite string and tie it through the holes.
  • Out of the other sheet of painted paper, cut out 3 (or more) bow-shapes. Start at the top of the kite string and tie the yarn around each one, working your way down the string.
  • Voila! You have a kite.

2. Cloud racing

Look at the clouds moving and see if they are all moving the same way. Does the height of the cloud affect the speed at which it moves? Look for cloud shadows on the ground on sunny days. Try to run as fast as a cloud shadow.

3. Seed scattering and leaf catching

Many plants rely on wind to scatter their seeds. Blow on a dandelion and watch the seeds float away on their own ‘parachutes.’ Sycamore, maple and ash seeds have wings. Compare how these seeds spin and fall to the ground. If you have a portable fan, it is possible to set up an experiment to investigate how effectively different seeds can be scattered in the wind.  Try to catch a falling leaf. Which leaves are the easiest to catch?

4. Run Like the Wind

Try running against the wind. Compare how this feels to running with the wind behind you. What happens if you hold a big object while you run or if you hold your arms out to create wings? Try holding different items that are roughly the same size. Do they feel different when held up to the wind? Which is the easiest to hold and why?

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