How to make a wind turbine for children

Written by jennifer macphaden | 13/05/2017
How to make a wind turbine for children
Teach children about wind energy by making a model wind turbine. (JOKER-DRACO/iStock/Getty Images)

A wind turbine is an alternative energy source that generates power from the wind. The power produced by wind turbines is fed into the UK's national grid and is used to supply domestic and industrial energy. This wind turbine craft is a child-friendly creation that is perfect for all skill levels. Gather your arts and craft supplies, print out the wind turbine template and spend an afternoon with your children assembling this fun and educational wind turbine.

Print out the wind turbine PDF template (see link in Resources) on your computer. Cut out all five shapes on the template.

Hole-punch the four circles inside the shapes with the names "The Disks," "The Blades," and "The Shaft." Next, cut out the teardrop inside the shape with the name "The Shaft."

Roll the shaft tightly with your hands. Ensure the tabs are on the outside. Use your sticky tape to secure the tabs to the shaft along the two black lines. As an alternative method, use your scissors to cut a slit in both black lines and place the tabs inside the slit to secure them.

Line up the plastic straw and ruler side-by-side. Place a pen mark on the straw in the area that corresponds with the 6.25 cm (2 1/2 inch) mark on the ruler. Use your scissors to cut across the straw in one motion, using the pen mark as the guide. Discard the excess plastic straw piece. Place the 6.25 cm (2 1/2 inch) plastic straw into the hole on the shape with the name "The Shaft" inserting it through the back of the circle.

Fold the centre line on the shape with the name "The Nacelle." Apply sticky tape to the tab along the black line. Thread "The Nacelle" over the straw and slot it into the teardrop hole on "The Shaft." Ensure that the straw protrudes from the circular hole on "The Shaft."

Thread one disk onto the protruding straw. Next, thread "The Blades." Finally, thread the remaining disk.

Tips and warnings

  • To open the wind turbine PDF template your computer you will need PDF reader software.

Things you need

  • Card or heavy paper
  • Scissors
  • Sticky tape
  • Hole punch
  • Straw
  • Ruler or tape measure
  • Marker pen

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