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If you have ever wanted to know how to make pinwheels, I have a simple tutorial for you today. Plus I have some printable templates to make it all easier on you! I have three styles of pinwheel templates you can choose from. See also my Twirligig~ Rainbow Paper Spinner Toy.
This week in my Preschool & Kindergarten Facebook group, we are focused on the theme of weather. These pinwheels are the perfect little craft or activity to make when talking about wind. (Have you joined our group yet?)
How to Make Pinwheels
Download the Paper Pinwheel Template (3 Styles) Now!
One you print the templates, cut them out following the outside and the diagonal lines.
Next you will need a straight pin and a straw. Gently bring in the corners of the pinwheel to the center. You do not want to fold the paper, just round it inward. Push the pin through each of the dots and then push all of them together through the center dot.
Push the pin all the way through a straw to attach the pinwheel.
We then used some needle nose pliers to bed the end of the pin downward at a 90 degree angle to secure it and keep it in place. Don’t do it too tight or it will not spin!
Now you just need to blow it and watch it whirl!
Take it outside when the wind is blowing and see if you can catch the wind to make it spin, too!
This paper pinwheel would be fin to pair with my homemade wind vane to figure out which direction the wind is blowing.
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