Homemade Pinwheel Craft
Get the kids spinning with this simple pinwheel.
- A piece of thick construction paper
- A ruler
- A pushpin
- A pencil with a big eraser
- Markers or crayons
- White glue
- First, turn the rectangular piece of paper into a square by cutting off a few inches at the top. Use the ruler to mark a straight line for cutting.
- Invite your kid to bedeck both sides of the paper with the markers, crayons and glitter.
- Then help him fold the paper diagonally into a triangle and crease the fold by rubbing it with the edge of the ruler.
- Unfold it and fold it the other way so that the paper has two creases in it creating an "X" across the paper.
- Help your kid cut along all four creases from the outer corners to about 1½ inches from the middle. Be careful not to cut too close to the center.
- Then help your kid carefully bend (not crease or fold) the lower right hand corner flap into the center. Hold it in place with a finger.
- Repeat with each of the lower flaps.
- Secure the corners in the middle by pushing the pushpin through the middle where they meet.
- Help your kid stick the end of the pin into the pencil eraser and ... voilà. He's got a pinwheel.
- Have your kid take it outside and watch it twirl. No wind? Set up a fan and create your own wind. Mother Nature is no match for Mother You!
- Is your kid Dora-obsessed? Visit NickJr.com for instructions on how to make a Dora and Boots Pinwheel.
- Pinwheels make fun yard decorations. Make them more weatherproof by laminating the paper after you decorate it.