How to Make a Kids Arts & Crafts Windmill

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How to Make a Kids Arts & Crafts Windmill
Pinwheels are an entertaining way to teach kids about wind power. (windmill image by Jane September from

Hand-held windmills, also called pinwheels, are a fun, and moderately easy craft, that can provide hours of fun both inside and out. This simple version can be constructed with items most likely already present in your art supplies.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • 2 pieces of thick construction paper (bright colours are best)
  • Crayons, markers or stickers
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Push-pin/tack
  • Pencil with an eraser

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    Gathering and Preparing the Elements

  1. 1

    Start by cutting two equal size squares out of the construction paper. Your squares should each be 8 inches.

  2. 2

    Stack the two square pieces of paper neatly on top of each other. Fold each piece of paper into a triangle by folding in a diagonal from the bottom left edge to the top right edge. Unfold and now fold the papers into a triangle again but this time from the bottom right edge to the top left edge. Now unfold the paper. The crease lines should have created a cross.

  3. 3

    Now it's time to decorate and colour. Use the markers, crayons and/or stickers to decorate one side of each of your squares.

  4. 4

    Place the plain, undecorated sides of paper together like a sandwich. Take your scissors and make cuts that run half the length of each of your crease lines.

  5. 5

    Next, take the hole punch tool and make four holes, at the left of each fold line about 1/4 inch in from the edge of the paper.

    Constructing The Windmill

  1. 1

    Carefully take each edge with a punch hole and bring them to the centre of the square. The folds should be rounded and not creased.

  2. 2

    Take your tack and push it through the holes. The holes should all be in the exact centre of the square.

  3. 3

    Take the pencil and hold it upright, as though it were a stem and your paper is the flower. Take your tack that is extending through the four holes of your paper and push it into the eraser.

  4. 4

    Your windmill is complete. Hold pencil in hand and blow. Your paper should spin around the tack.

Tips and warnings

  • To turn rectangles into squares fold the piece of paper in a diagonal from the bottom corner. You will then have a top margin. Cut along the paper edge to remove and the remaining shape will be a square.
  • Chose a pencil with a solid eraser so that the tack sticks.
  • Heavy construction paper works best.
  • Pushpins are a choking hazard for children 3 and under.
  • Pushpins are sharp and require supervision when used in crafts.
  • Craft involves cutting with scissors.

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