Pinwheel Propeller Power

While our pinwheel garden was absolutely beautiful and we all enjoyed watching it turn with the breeze, the boys soon found another more active use for the pinwheels: pinwheel propeller power.

Pinwheel Propeller Power

Boys will be boys. If there's a more active use for something, they'll find it.

The pinwheels were turned into pretend airplane propellers - with the boys pretending to be the planes themselves.

Of course, a plane needs an airstrip - which in this case turned out to be the driveway.

Pinwheel Propeller Power

Once cleared for takeoff, the boys ran down the airstrip. As the boys ran forwards, their propellers turned with speed.

What a great way to get in some exercise, expand one's imagination, experiment with wind power and have fun all at once.

When we had to retreat inside due to rain, we stuck the pinwheels into a Styrofoam base and placed it at the front door where there was a strong wind coming through the door.

It was incredible to see out fast the pinwheels turned. But what was even more amazing was the resulting sound. In my wildest imagination, I'd have never thought pinwheels could make so much noise simply because they were going so fast.

As the wind caught and turned the pinwheels which were grouped together, they actually moved the foam base backwards. This was an excellent way to demonstrate that wind can and does move things.
Pinwheel Propeller Power
Daniel had fun working out what he could use to weight down and stabilize the moving mass of pinwheels. This was science in action! Talk about great fun!

Who knew pinwheels could be so much fun and so educational at the same time!

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