Memorial Day is right around the corner, and my children have been bugging me for an awesome craft idea. Finally, after tons of thinking I came up something my mother used to do with me when we were little. You remember Pinwheels don’t you, they were so much fun to play with in summer, when their was a nice breeze going. Watching the colors spin was a real treat.
This year I wanted to share something I did as a child with my children. However, I had planned on sticking with red, white and blue. I have 3 girls that were having none of that! They wanted to make a pink Pinwheel. My 13 year old wanted to use normal pink construction paper and my 7 year old wanted to use some paper she brought home from school that had designs in it, which is also a pinkish color. I tried to tell them it would look better if the fan was different colors, but you know girls mom knows absolutely nothing, lol.
How to make a Pinwheel.
To get started first you will need to cut a 4 inch by 4 inch square out of a piece of colored paper. If you want to use white paper and let your children draw or color the paper it makes an awesome Pinwheel as well. Pinwheels are simple to make and make a wonderful craft for children.
Now draw diagonal lines access your paper, it should look like an X but rather than lines meeting in the middle of the paper place a circle in the middle. Now put a circle on all 4 corners of the paper. (see picture)
Now get out your scissors and cut along lines, and punch a whole in each circle on your paper.
Line the dots on the outer edge of your soon to be Pinwheel with the circle in the middle of the paper. Push a tack through the dots to help you old everything together. Now push a pin into the side of a pencil, and you are ready for some Pinwheel fun!
This is not what our finished Pinwheel looked like, lol. Still not too sure what is so fun about the whole Pinwheel, but for some reason children love them. I did when I was younger, still do if my children would have let me color a white piece of paper different colors to be patriotic for Memorial Day. Oh well, there is always 4th of July to be patriotic, right?