Wind Mapping with Bubbles

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Discover the wind's direction using bubbles, a map and a keen eye. Learners blow bubbles and note their general direction on a map, taking readings from different points around a building. What patterns do they notice? This activity is done outside and works best on a noticeably windy day. [Activity is publicly available through a web crawler capture on Activity write-up only, images are unavailable.]

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 11

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • Small container of bubbles with blower
  • Map or drawing of a building or your house
  • Something to write on (like a clipboard or book)
  • Pen or pencil
  • Optional: a compass
  • If possible, choose a day with a noticeable wind.


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Processes
      • Weather and Climate
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Asking Questions

Informal Categories

  • Nature and Environment
  • Outdoor Activity
  • Physical Activity


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Access Rights:

  • Free access


Source Collection

  • TryScience