Why Do Birds Fly In A V?

Keeping with the bird theme this time, here is a very simple STEAM activity that demonstrates why some birds, like geese, fly in a v-formation when they are migrating. As adults, we probably have a good idea why they do that, but how do you explain it to you kids?

How Wee Learn has the perfect activity for you to do with your kids that shows them why. All you need is a small stationary fan and some long strips of construction paper. First have your child take the strip of paper and hold it in front of the fan with one hand, trying to keep the paper flat. (They can’t.)

Next, take that same strip and fold it in half, creating a v shape. Now when they hold it in front of the fan, they will be able to keep it in place with one finger. Why? Let your kids talk about it and see if they can figure it out.

What a fun and very easy way to learn about wind resistance! Click here to get all the directions complete with very helpful pictures.

– Becky Lynn is a writer for EllisDownHome.com. She and her husband Bob enjoy spending time with their 8 grandchildren and traveling. Becky loves cranking up the music and heading to the kitchen to try out new recipes or cook for an upcoming party. She is passionate about continuing to be a life-long learner!


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