We are now in to the month of March. Have you noticed that the sun is starting to rise a little earlier now?
The evenings will start to stretch out a bit too. The weather is also beginning to change.
There is a little rhyme about this time of year that goes like this:
“March Winds and April Showers
Bring forth May Flowers”
Do you think there is more wind in March? The winds do start to change direction around this time of year,
they start to come from the East and this can bring some drier weather.
The wind is helpful in lots of ways; it can change our weather, help plants to pollinate and be used to make electricity!
Wind Farms make electricity by using the power from the moving air to turn the blades on a turbine.
A generator then changes the power from the wind into electricity.
Have a look at where Ireland’s wind farms are located here. Do you think those areas might be very windy?!
If you would like to do some art work which demonstrates the power of moving air, have a look at the activity below:
Sheets of paper
Small tubs to mix paint in
Jug of water
Stick or old spoon for stirring paint
(A lot of us are wearing masks indoors to prevent the spread of Covid-19,
please ask if this activity is ok for you to do at home 🙂 )
Making a Painting by Blowing Air:
a) Set up your materials on a surface that is
protected from paint or water spills
b) Thin out your paint by mixing it with water
c) Put some blobs of watery paint on to your paper
d) Place your straw just above the wet blobs
and start to gently blow through it
e) The blobs will start to spread out and make shapes
f) Add some more blobs of watery paint
g) Enjoy mixing the colours together and making
a picture with the power of moving air!
Out and About:
See if you can see any changes to the plants around you, are any of the trees starting to grow buds?
Take a picture of your art work and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org