How to Make a Wind Vane

How to Make a Wind Vane. Make a simple wind vane, and you’ll soon be
able to amaze others with your ability to forecast weather. You will need 2 paper plates Scissors Poster
board Plastic straw Straight pin Pencil with new eraser Modeling clay Glue Compass Crayons
(optional) and styrofoam plate (optional). Step 1. Write the four directions — east, west, north
and south — equally spaced along the outer edges of an inverted paper plate. Make the project personal by decorating the
plate with crayons. Step 2. Use scissors to cut an arrow point and an
arrow tail from poster board, making each about 2 inches in length. Cut the shapes from a Styrofoam plate if poster
board is unavailable. Step 3. Make small slits at each end of the straw
using scissors. Step 4. Place one of the poster board shapes into
a slit at each end of the straw to create an arrow. This will later point to the direction the
wind is blowing. Step 5. Insert a straight pin through the center of
the straw, and then into the eraser tip of the pencil, making sure to leave ample space
for spinning at the upper and lower sides of the straw. Step 6. Set the pencil by pushing its point through
the center of the paper plate, and then sticking it into a lump of modeling clay serving as
a base. Test the wind vane by gently blowing it. Step 7. Place the structure on a second paper plate,
and then glue the plates together with the clay mound inside. Step 8. Move the wind vane outdoors after the glue
dries, and then align the directions using a compass. Watch the arrow go to work! By learning what type of weather is associated
with wind directions in your area, it’s a breeze to forecast conditions. Did you know As of 2008, Dodge City, Kansas,
was the windiest city in the United States.

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