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I wasn’t really sure what to call this – an air powered pinwheel? Don’t pinwheels go more horizontally? Maybe it’s a propeller? Anyway, it’s fun and it’s science!

Anyway, you’ll need a balloon, a bendy straw, a pencil, a pin, and tape.

Science of motion experiment for kidsBlow up the balloon a few times to stretch it out a bit.

Science of motion experiment for kidsPlace the balloon over the end farthest away from the bend and attach with tape.

 

Science of motion experiment for kidsBend the bendy part at a 90 degree angle

Science of motion experiment for kidsNext you’ll need to help out by putting the needle through the straw into the eraser as far as you can push it in while leaving room for the straw to spin. You’ll want to place the needle closer to the balloon end than the bent end to even out the weight a bit.

Science of motion experiment for kidsBlow up the balloon through the end of the straw.

Science of motion experiment for kidsLet her rip! The air being forced from the balloon through the straw will cause the straw to spin in circles like a propeller. It’s hard to show this through photos but I’ll give it a shot. Then I’ll go and learn how to shoot and edit video 😉

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Allison Waken is a wife, mom of boys and Phoenix, AZ native. She has been creating inspiring content for All for the Boys since 2011. Allison loves travel, movies and spending as much time as possible with her family while she can!

3 Comments

  1. I love your blog and all your ideas! I found you from Positive Parenting on Facebook. I have three boys and they would love to do everything you have posted! I am subscribing to your blog today!!!
    Thanks, Jenny

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