Busy Hands: Wind Tower Craft

Wind towers are a very common sight in the UAE. They have a historical importance, not just in the UAE, but in many Middle Eastern countries where people lived in the deserts without any electrical cooling.

These towers were cleverly designed to convert warm desert air into cooler air that kept the houses cool. Nowadays, they are used mainly for design purposes, and are a symbol of the UAE's heritage that we find at many tourist spots and even government offices and residential buildings.

I thought it would be fun to make a wind tower craft, and it was fairly simple. This one is suitable for older kids but you could make an even simpler version with toddlers.

Wind tower craft to learn about the heritage of the UAE and discuss life in the desert during olden times.

Here are the materials you need to make this craft:

- White card stock paper
- Light brown paint
- Dark brown craft paper
- Toothpicks

This is how you can make it:

1. Draw four rectangular shapes on the card paper. Also cut out a long flap on one end for sticking into a tower form.

2. Cut out the little squares at the top of the wind tower design.

3. Paint the wind tower. We used watercolour for that 'sandy' look.

4. Glue on the windows with rectangles cut out from the darker brown paper. We used crepe paper.

5. Fold along the lines and glue the flap to the other end as shown.

6. Use toothpicks or little twigs to put four on each side, as shown in the picture below.

We love how our wind tower turned out, and this was an interesting way to learn about the history of these structures we see so often.

Wind tower craft to learn about the heritage of the UAE and discuss life in the desert during olden times.

Here's a photo of an original wind tower, built for design purposes, at Yas Waterworld, a water park in Abu Dhabi:

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