Children learn about their world through play, which is necessary for their emotional and cognitive development. It is the duty of parents and educators to provide them with the right toys. A wind toy, like a homemade pinwheel, teaches a young child about the science of aerodynamics, weather, and more. Turn construction paper, a pencil, and a pin into a colourful demonstration of wind power in a few easy steps.
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Things you need
- 9 inch by 12 inch piece of coloured construction paper
- Straight pins
- Pencils with erasers
Cut the paper into squares. Fold the top left corner down, bringing it to meet the right edge of the paper, creating a triangle. You will be left with a rectangular section at the bottom that is not two layers of paper. Cut that part off with the scissors
Open your triangle to reveal a square. Fold the right top corner crosswise to get an X-shaped crease in the paper.
Cut across on the fold lines approximately 3/4 of the way towards the centre. You will leave a square inch uncut around the middle.
Fold every other cut corner into the centre of the paper, so that half of the corners are folded in and half are not. Overlap the paper tips in the centre. Position a pencil behind the paper so that the eraser is directly behind the centre. Push a straight pin through the centre of the pinwheel and into the pencil eraser. Do not let the pin go through the eraser.
Blow on your pinwheel to make it move or find a windy location.
Tips and warnings
- Heavier paper works better than lighter. You may create your own design on the paper before cutting. The pinwheel is a good addition to a flower box or garden.
- Use caution when sticking the pin through the eraser. Make sure you do not go through the eraser, to avoid pricking yourself. Be careful when giving this toy to children under 3 years of age.
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