If March is getting blustery, harness the wind's energy for energetic family fun. Even if there's no more than a gentle breeze, these activities will get kids moving.
- Cut 15-inch lengths of crepe-paper streamers and use masking tape to attach them all over kids' clothing, especially to the backs of arms and legs. Bring the kids outside and tell them to run, twirl, move, dance and frolic in the wind, watching the streamers move through the air. Kids can also test the wind by running with silky scarves in their hands.
- Go on a hike through your neighborhood to search for signs of the wind. Listen and watch for flags flapping, leaves rustling or blowing along the ground, open gates swinging, smoke curling from a chimney, wind chimes ringing, trees swaying or clouds moving through the sky.
- Tie a long length of sturdy string to the handles of a plastic grocery bag. Staple some crepe-paper streamers to the end of the bag. Have kids run like the wind while pulling on the string. When air fills the bag, it should rise up like a kite.
- If you have a kite, take kids to a wide-open space and enjoy the wind currents together.
- If you have a toy boat with a sail, test it out on a small body of water. (Be sure it's an inexpensive toy boat, in case it doesn't return to shore.)
- If the wind is strong, challenge kids to play tennis or paddle ball and see which way the balls fly.