Here is an arts and craft project that I just recently found in the April 2011 Issue of Family Fun magazine. I think its a good fit for this unit on MATTER. My version is a little bigger and I am using string instead of embroidery floss and a hard plastic straw instead of a chopstick.
Children can have fun with AIR (a gas) by flying their mini windsocks indoors or outdoors!
- card stock
- tissue paper
- hard plastic straw (or chopstick)
- string, yarn (or embroidery floss)
- crayons, paint (optional)
- Measure and cut a 6 inch by 3 inch piece of card stock
- Measure and cut a 6 inch by 1/2 inch piece of card stock.
- The students may want to decorate the card stock with crayons, paint, etc.
- Measure and cut a 6 inch by 6 inch piece of tissue paper.
- Glue one edge of the tissue paper onto the large piece of card stock overlapping about 1/2 inch. This will be the inside of the windsock.
- Cut the tissue paper into strips from the bottom up to the card stock.
- Roll the card stock to form a tube and glue.
- Attach the ends of the smaller piece of card stock to the non tissue paper end of the tube with glue to form a handle.
- Thread the string under the handle and tie the string to the plastic straw or chopstick.
- Have fun flying the mini windsock through the air (a gas) and wind (moving air).
Note: I found the hard plastic straws at Dollar Tree (12 straws for $1.00). They are called "Party Straws".
If you don't have card stock, I think a toilet paper roll covered with construction paper or wrapping paper might work even better.
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