Last week we had a discussion on the role of the windmill on a farm. We drew a diagram on the whiteboard to show how the wind turns the blades on the windmill and aids in the pumping of water from below the surface. we explained that this water is then used as drinking water for the animals on the farm. We also briefly touched on wind farms and how the windmills on these farms were for an entirely different purpose. I would’ve liked to share the book The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind with them also but it arrived a few days after this lesson. It’s a great book about a boy who overcomes his circumstances with ingenuity. I’m sure we will read it anyway.
In our Red Barn books we completed the purple windmill page by gluing on purple popsticks and a purple matchstick . We then drew on the top of the windmill. I think it was a little windy on most of our farms as quite a few of them were blowing over.
We also made some paper windmills with some purple card. The children found it quite difficult to stop cutting halfway through (even though the line stopped there) and we ended up with lots of triangles instead of windmills. Here’s one that did survive, however.