Using Lung Power

Ideal for Preschool/Pre-K, School-Age

A straw and a crumpled piece of blue paper

This activity promotes development and learning by encouraging children to explore the power of their lungs and what happens when air blows on various items.

Materials Needed:

  • Straw
  • Ping-pong ball
  • Feather
  • Writing implement
  • Piece of paper

Participants: This activity is intended for adult/child interaction.


  1. Challenge your child to breathe in and blow the air out through the straw, using the force of their breath to move light objects, such as a ping-pong ball, a feather, or a folded strip of paper.
  2. Ask your child, what are you doing that makes the object move? What other objects can you move? What happens to the object when you blow after taking a deep breath vs. a shallow breath?
  3. Have your child chart the items that they can move using their breath

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