The children may wish to decorate the pinwheels with tiny stickers before assembling them.
Parental supervision is recommended due to the straight pins!
What you'll need:
To make 1 pinwheel:
- Colored or Clear Tabbed plastic file folder, letter size
- Thin line marker
- Straight Pin
- Unsharpened pencil with eraser
How to make it:
Note: You can make about 8 pinwheels from one folder.
- If short side of the folder is closed, try popping open the end. Lie the folder out flat.
- Mark and cut a 4 1/2" square out of the plastic file folder.
- Place the dime in the middle of the square. Trace around it.
- Cut diagonally from one corner towards the opposite corner. Stop cutting when you reach the mark you made from the dime.
- Repeat for following 3 corners.
- You now have 4 cut sections.
- Take the needle and push through the very center of the pinwheel, coming from the back of the pinwheel. (Do not push the needle all the way through, it will hold the points of the pinwheel)
- Take the right corner of the first section and bend to the middle of the pinwheel. Push over the needle to hold.
- Take one corner of the NEXT section and bend the right corner to the middle of the pinwheel. Push over the needle to hold.
- Repeat for other two sections.
- Remove from needle, carefully holding the sections together.
- Push the straight pin through the front of the pinwheel completely through the back.
- Push the pinwheel into the eraser of the pencil. Let the pinwheel loosen up between the corners and the back. Blow on the pinwheel and watch it spin.
Note: Please watch the children with the straight pins!