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Paper Pinwheels

Paper Pinwheels
Messiness: Low
Age Range: 3y - 9y
Estimated Time: <30 mins

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Stephanie Sims
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Colorful pinwheels whirl with just the slightest breeze (or puff!). They are fun to play with indoors or out—and even more fun to make!

How We Did It

Paper Pinwheels

Gather your materials. Cut your paper into a 6x6 inch square.

Paper Pinwheels

Using markers decorate your paper with shapes, flowers, letters, rainbows...the sky is the limit!

Paper Pinwheels

When you are done decorating your paper, use scissors to make a small cut at every corner. Make the cut about 3-inches long towards the center of the paper.

Paper Pinwheels

If you want to reinforce the strength of the paper, cut a smallish circle out of the scraps, and poke a pin into the center of it.

Paper Pinwheels

Beginning at one corner and alternating at every corner, bend the paper up and carefully poke the pin through underside. (You may need grownup help with this).

Paper Pinwheels

When four corners are tucked in the pin, poke the end of the pin through the center of the pinwheel and into the eraser of the pencil.

Paper Pinwheels

Now run with it! And jump with it! And swing it from side to side! Or watch the smallest breeze of air turn it swiftly and easily. Isn’t it beautiful!?

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