Flap Like a Bird and Learn About Wing Speed


Flap like a bird and see how your wing speed compares to two real birds.

What You Need

  • Paper
  • Pencil

What You Do

  1. Draw Chart
    Draw the following chart on a piece of paper.
    flap happy chart
  2. Flap Arms
    Flap your arms as fast as possible while you count for 2 seconds. Record the result in the chart.
  3. Discuss Your Results
    Help your child to compare his or her “wing speed” with the speeds of two real birds by asking:

      • Look at the numbers in the chart. Who can flap the most times while I count to 2?
      • Who is the fastest flapper on the chart?
      • Who flaps the least amount of times?
      • Who is the slowest flapper?

    Tell your child that hummingbirds flap their wings so fast that it’s hard to see their wings.