Now that we’ve the got the wind in our sails (haha), we’re having lots of fun finding out about other properties of wind. Will wind be able to travel around an obstacle in its way? This experiment is an easy illustration of the fact. Parents be aware: You will need a candle with a flame for the experiment to work. Supervise very closely, and only do so if you know your children won’t touch the flame.
To start, light a small sturdy candle, and place behind an object with square corners – a vase worked well for this step.
Travis huffed and puffed, but the wind couldn’t reach the candle this way. Onto the next attempt!
Place an object with round sides between your child and the candle, such as a water glass.
The wind will make it around the sides and poof – out goes the candle.
Looking for more windy fun? Check out our recent experiment with hot air spinners.