How to Make a Simple Weather Vane

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Weather vanes are used to tell the direction that the wind is coming from. They are most seen on farms, but anyone can own a weather vane. If you or your children are interested in learning more about a weather vane and how it works, you can take the time to make a simple one.

Things You'll Need

  • Construction paper
  • Straw
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Pin
  • Pencil
  • Stick
  • Use your pencil to draw the head of an arrow and the tail of an arrow on a sheet of construction paper. The head should just be a triangle and the tail can look anyway you want it to.

  • Cut the pieces you just drew out.

  • Tape the head of the arrow to one end of the straw and the tail of the arrow to the other end of the straw.

  • Get your pencil and turn it upside down so that the eraser is sticking up and the pencil point is facing down.

  • Lay your straw over the pencil's eraser so that the eraser is in the middle. Push your pin through the top of the straw and in to the eraser.

  • Push the pencil point in to the ground outside. A garden is a nice place to put it.

  • Use a stick to draw in the dirt next to the weather vane. Draw an N in the direction of North, an S in the direction of South, a W in the direction of West, and an E in the direction of East. Your parents may need to let you know which direction is which.

  • Determine the direction of the wind by glancing at which direction the arrow is pointing.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make a chart and write down which direction the wind is moving each morning and evening for two weeks.

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