This is a great project for younger girls, as the pinwheels work pretty well but older girls might be a bit disappointed that they don’t work perfectly but they’re still awesome! That doesn’t really matter since, in my experience, pinwheels are really a toy more suited for younger girls anyway. You can spice up the project and colors by getting a pack of assorted colored drinking straws instead of plain white ones. The best straws are straight and not the kind with the bend in them.
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- White construction paper
- Crayons, colored pencils, or markers.
- Plastic drinking straws
- Brass paper fasteners
- Pinwheel pattern.
- Print the pinwheel pattern. You can reproduce this pattern on white construction paper with a copy machine. Be sure to cut the construction paper to 8½ in. by 11 in. You can also print the pattern out onto thicker colored paper directly.
- Cut out the pattern along the solid lines.
- Decorate the un-folded paper. Stickers might not work so well due to the folding and aerodynamics, but any other crayons, colored pencils, or markers should be fine for decorations.
- Cut the dotted lines from the four corners to the center circle, doing your best not to cut into the center circle.
- Use the sharpened pencil to poke a hole through the four tiny dark circles. The pencil point also works well to poke a hole into the straw, though you can also have an adult use a nail or a very small diameter hole punch. Carefully push the pencil point through the straw about ½” inch from the top.
- Make the tiny holes on the four points meet at the center circle.
- Push the brass fastener ends through the holes on the pinwheel. then push the fastener through the center circle.
- Place the straw on the back side of your pinwheel and push the ends of the fastener through the hole in the straw. Open-up the fastener by flattening the ends in opposite directions.
- Adults should always make the holes when using a sharp object and working with younger girls.
- DO NOT allow the girls to punch holes with a nail if that’s the only implement you have.
- Adult supervision required when younger girls are using scissors.
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