Building a wind car is a fun activity for kids of all ages to learn about the science of wind and work on fine motor skills at the same time!
DIY Wind Car
When I was planning this months wind and weather theme I came across a cool wind car kit from Kiwi Crate. But when I went to purchase it for this month, the kit had been discontinued. 🙁 I still really wanted to make one with Caden so I looked at the review on Pioneer Woman and figured out what supplies I needed and how to make our own! This DIY Wind Car is a really easy science lesson and fine motor fun all in one!
- One 8×5″ foam board with slit cut into center
- Two 5″ long milkshake straws
- Two 8′ long cake pop sticks
- One 5×5″ cardstock square
- One large craft stick
- Four wooden wheels
How to make your own wind car in 6 easy steps!
Step one, decorate your foam board with stickers or however you wish. Caden enjoyed applying sparkly bug stickers to his wind car. Crafting with stickers is easy, and a great way to work on fine motor skills!
Step two, using tape attach the straws to both ends of the foam board. I don’t have a picture of this because it was too difficult for Caden to do on his own and I had to help him.
Step three, slide the cake pop sticks through the straws. Cake pop sticks come in a variety of sizes, so I bought the longest ones I could find and cut them down to the size I needed. Caden was able to slide the sticks through the straws on his own as long as I held the foam board steady.
Step four, slide the wooden wheels on to the cake pop sticks and cap it with the play dough to keep the wheels from falling off. Caden did this on his own too! Just needed a little help to prevent the cake pop sticks from sliding all the way through the straws!
Step five, decorate the paper sail with stickers or however you want! Caden was so over decorating by this time and was ready to see the wind car in action!
Step six, attach the sail to a craft stick with tape and insert the craft stick into the slit in the foam board. Now the wind car is ready to race!
After our wind cars were all built and ready to go, we raced them down the speedway! It would have been a lot of fun to go outside and test the wind’s power, but it was way too cold out to do that! So we lined up our wind cars inside and Caden tried to be the wind and blow them with his breath! This did not work so well!
So we brought out a big fan and had so much fun racing our wind cars! We lined up our cars again and turned the fan on high! They wind cars raced down the hall!
Happy Fine Motor Friday!
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