Celebrate Children With This Easy Pinwheel Craft To Make at Home

Hello Everyone! In celebration of April’s Pinwheels for Prevention Month let’s have some fun making Pinwheels at home.

A HUGE thank you to Aunt Annie’s Crafts!   https://www.auntannie.com/FridayFun/Pinwheel/

Easy Pinwheel

What you will make:

Just in time for a breezy April day, make this colorful paper pinwheel with nothing more than paper, a pencil and a straight pin. Children of all ages will be delighted with this whirling windmill. Make several as party decorations or favors!

This is a terrific “make and take” craft for a birthday party, and is well-suited for family, group or classroom craft time. With a little preparation by the adult or teen leader, this project can be completed in no time!

Here’s what you need:
  • Computer paper
  • Pencil with eraser, unsharpened
  • Straight pin with ball top
  • Optional: Small bead, glue
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil


How to Make the Easy Pinwheel

Read all of the steps before starting.
Step 1: Project Preparation
Gather the materials needed for making a pinwheel. If you are doing this project with a group of children, pre-cut the 6″ (15 cm) paper squares.
Step 2: Cut Square

Cut a 6″ (15 cm) square of paper that has been printed with one of Aunt Annie’s Red and Blue Star ePapers.

Tip: Two-sided pinwheels can be made by gluing two printed squares back-to-back, or by printing on both sides of heavy paper (24- or 32-pound).

Step 3: Cut
Use the pencil and ruler to draw two diagonal lines, corner-to-corner, that cross at the square’s center. Mark the center point and mark a point 2¾” (7 cm) from each corner on the diagonal line.

Cut on the diagonal line from each corner up to the marked point. Erase pencil marks, except for the center point.

Step 4: Assemble

  • Using the straight pin, punch a hole in the center and at every other point (about ¼” from the tip.)
  • Poke the pin through one of the point holes and curl the point toward the center. Don’t fold!
  • Curl each pierced point, in turn, toward the center and poke the pin through the holes.
  • Push the pin through the center hole of the pinwheel.
  • Holding the pencil on a flat surface with one hand, push the pin into the side of the eraser.

Step 5: Finish

You now have a pinwheel! Hold the pinwheel in your hand and swish it around. The pinwheel should rotate on the pin. Take the pinwheel outside on a breezy day and see it whirl like crazy!

Tip: If your pinwheel doesn’t rotate freely, it is probably rubbing against the pencil. You can fix this problem by inserting the pin into the eraser at a slight upward angle, or by slipping a small bead onto the pin before inserting it into the eraser.

Once finished please share your Pinwheel on social media with KidSafe!

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