How to Make Pinwheels


• Strong construction paper or wallpaper
• Long dressmaking pin
• Penny
•Pencil with eraser or thin dowel
• Crayons or felt pens


Cut the paper into a square shape-6" x 4" would be suitable. If using plain paper, now is the time to apply decorations with crayons or felt pens. Draw in the diagonals, corner to corner. Trace around a penny in the center of the diagonal lines. Remove penny and then cut along the diagonals from each corner to the edge of the circle in the center. Fold (without creasing) each corner into the center and fasten together with the pin. Stick the pin firmly into the top of the dowel or the eraser of the pencil. Hold into the wind or attach to handlebars of bike.


Source: Excerpted from 365 Days of Creative Play by Sheila Ellison & Judith Gray (Sourcebooks, 1995)

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