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Exploring the Science of Flight

CSI: Flight Adventures at The Children's Museum

February 2012

On Feb. 25, The Children's Museum is opening CSI: Flight Adventures, a new experience exploring the science of flight. For preschoolers, flight can be a complicated concept, but the concept of air can be fun and interesting!

The fact that air is matter is an abstract concept for young children to understand because air is invisible. Students in The Children's Museum Preschool will be learning about air as matter through a fun riddle and art activity that you can do at home with your child too.

"You can't see it, but it takes up space. It can move things. It can make things rise. It has weight. It has strength. What is it?"

The answer is: "Air." Ask your child to blow on the palm of her hand to feel air's movement.

Art Activity

You will need:

• Art paper

• Tempera or Watercolor paint

• A Spoon

• Straws

Help your child spoon some paint onto the paper. Then, using a straw, have your child blow the paint across the page to create an interesting design. (Work with your child to practice blowing air through the straw before doing this art activity to ensure they understand not to suck any paint back up through the straw.)

Remind your child that it is the force of air coming through the straw that moves the paint. Help your child conclude that air is all around us and, though we can't see it, we can certainly feel its force and see how it affects everything.

This entire initiative was developed by employees of The Children's Museum of Indianapolis under Grant No. NNX10AK16G with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The United States Government has a nonexclusive, irrevocable, worldwide license to use, reproduce, distribute, and prepare derivative works of this project, and allow others to do so, for United States Government purposes. All other rights are retained by the copyright owner.

Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Cathy Southerland is the Preschool Program Manager at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis

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