Holidays · Tot School

Happy National BIG Wind Day!

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April 12th marks National Big Wind day! (learn something new everyday, huh?)  Celebrated in the United States, this day commemorates the recording of what was, the highest natural wind gust measured on the Earth’s surface.  On the afternoon of April 12, 1934, the Mount Washington Observatory recorded winds at 231 miles per hour.

We’ll call it an unofficial national holiday, so you can still expect your mail! 🙂  However, I though it would be fun to celebrate with some windy activities.

I had taken this book, Windblown, out of the library.  We read it a couple of times together and then I decided to make it a game.  The story takes a bunch of otherwise random colored pieces and shows how they make up different animals as the wind blows them around.

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I made us our own color pieces to match the book and as we read through the book, we paused at each new animal and tried to make it ourselves.

 

First we made a chicken
First we made a chicken
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Next we made a fish
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The snail
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Finally, a frog

The last page of the story is open ended, asking readers what else can be made with these shapes.  We had fun coming up with our own creations.

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M took her creations very serious!
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She created a person
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A tree
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and a boat!

 

We also sang some cute windy songs to really get into the holiday spirit 🙂 that I found here.

The Playful Wind
Original Author Unknown

The wind came out to play one day. (Cup hands and pretend to blow like the wind.)
He swept the clouds out of his way. (Make a sweeping motion with hands.)
He blew the leaves and away they flew. (Make fluttering motions with fingers.)
The trees bent low and their branches did too! (Lift arms up high and lower them.)
The wind blew the great big ships at sea. (Repeat sweeping motion.)
The wind blew the kite away from me. (Cup hand over eyes and tilt head as if watching kite go.)

I See the Wind
Original Author Unknown
(Tune: Hush Little Baby)

I see the wind when the leaves dance by. (Wave hands in front of body.)
I see the wind when the clothes wave “Hi!” (Wave hello.)
I see the wind when the trees bend low. (Put arms over head and bend to the side.)
I see the wind when the flags all blow. (Stand up and wave arms above head.)
I see the wind when the kites fly high. (Stretch arms up high.)
I see the wind when the clouds float by. (Put arms down and wave hands gently.)
I see the wind when it blows my hair. (Lift hair with hands.)
I see the wind ‘most everywhere! (Hold hands out with palms up.)

 

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