Wind Tunnel

Activity Objective

To create wind tunnels to remind the children of the Holy Spirit and how he is present in our lives helping us

Lesson Outcome

The children will identify practical ways to act out God's will in everyday living.


  • Paper plates (with a 6" to 8" hole cut out of the middle)
  • Scissors
  • Crepe-paper streamers, cut in 18" to 24" lengths
  • Glue
  • Small pieces of blank white paper
  • String or colored yarn (in two-foot lengths)
  • Crayons or markers


  • Explain to the children that one of the symbols of the Holy Spirit in the Bible is wind.
  • Write each of the Corporal Works of Mercy on a black board or posterboard.
  • Give each child a paper plate, six streamers, six pieces of white paper, a piece of string about two feet long, and a glue stick.
  • On the paper plates, have the children write their names and the heading Works of Mercy. Have the children attach the streamers at regular intervals around the plate with glue.
  • Then ask the children to think of activities they could do in their everyday lives to practice each of the Corporal Works of Mercy. Have the children write each act on one of the small pieces of paper.
  • Glue the pieces of paper to the bottom ends of the streamers.
  • Punch two holes on the inside of the plate, one above the cut-out center section and one below.
  • Tie the string to each hole, making a handle by which to hold the wind tunnel.
  • Have the children walk around the room (or outside if possible) holding the wind tunnel above their heads and going fast enough that the streamers flutter.
  • Explain to the children that the Holy Spirit moves through us as well, and that with his inspiration, we can perform works of the Holy Spirit in our everyday lives.

Learning Styles

Art/Space Smart, Body Smart, Music Smart

Approximate Time

25 minutes


Cut the holes out of the middle of the paper plates before the session begins.

You may want to play soft music during the walking time to add a reflective tone.

You may want to substitute the words "remember" or "mourn" the dead for "bury" the dead.


If there are children in your group with special needs (physical, visual, hearing, language, or behavioral disabilities), adapt the activity accordingly.