Early childhood tools for investigation and discovery.

Flight Lab With Podium

Item# 102055

A sturdier, more durable version of our original Wind Tunnel, this engaging Wind Tunnel is perfect for Libraries and small museums!



  • The Flight Lab has bowls for storing materials.
  • The Silk Parachute soars in the Flight Lab!
  • The fan is covered to protect little fingers.
  • Play Silks floating in the Flight Lab
  • The Flight Lab
  • The Flight Lab
  • The Flight Lab and the Podium.
A beautiful Baltic Birch table and frame holds this clear wind tunnel. It helps focus children’s playful interest in air, wind, and Mother Nature’s power. Concepts such as flight, air current, air resistance and gravity are explored through play and hands-on investigation. Two storage bowls positioned on either side of the tunnel hold objects you choose to offer to children and families.Try parachute men, tissue paper, coffee filters, and homemade dixie cup flyers. The fan is included.

Our “Play” Podium is included with the Flight Lab and features places for books, brochures, and a handy white board. This Baltic Birch piece is mobile to suit the needs of your space. Librarians can post a few vocabulary words on the whiteboard such as: gale, breeze, gust, storm, vortex, resistance and gravity. Or pose a few questions about the properties that allow an object to fly, float or sink. Place 4-6 fiction and nonfiction books at children’s eye level to spark interest in the topic of your choice, in this case, Wind!

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From the Kodo Classroom

Preschool and school-age children love to find and make objects that float inside the tube. One of the favorites is the Dixie Cup Flyer. Cut a square or circle out of fabric or coffee filter. Punch three or four holes at equal distance around the top of the dixie cup. Do the same with the circle or square. Use thread or embroidery floss to attach the two pieces like a parachute/or wind kite. Then test and pose some questions:

Does the flyer fly out of the tunnel? Stay in the tunnel? Get all twisted up on itself?
What happens if you change the shape or size of the kite part?
What happens if you add or subtract weight from the cup part?
Can a toy animal go for a ride in that cup?
Do other kinds of cups work?

Try making other flyers out of small cardboard toilet tissue tubes, juice boxes, styrofoam coffee cup, paper plates and paper loops - hint - use fins, flaps and folds to catch the wind!

Children’s Books To Share:

The Wind Blew by Pat Hutchins
A Kite Day: A Bear and Mole Story by Will Hillenbrand
Feel The Wind by Arthur Dorros
Where Does The Wind Blow by Cynthia A. Rink
Kite Flying by Grace Lin
Who Were the Wright Brothers by James Buckley Jr.
Violet the Pilot by Steve Breen
Flight by Andrew Nahum


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