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Friday, May 28, 2010

Ooops... I Forgot One

I was going through my camera and realized I missed a post way back in March. It is actually an activity that I have included in the blog before, but if you're a new reader, you may not have seen it. It is also an activity that is a super-favorite of mine. The children really enjoy the finished product also.

Do I have you on the edge of your seat?

As you know in March we do the "lion and the lamb," with discussion of wind. A fun activity I do with them here is to make a pinwheel. Yes, we actually make one. It is pretty easy and they do really work.

For the project you will need:

a square of construction paper about 5x5
pencil with an eraser top
straight pin
I will just write the directions up here, but you can check a previous pinwheel post for much better directions and pictures.

On the square of construction paper I draw an X from corner to corner to split the square into 4 triangles. I then trace a nickle in the center to put a circle in the middle of the square.

Now, the children use different color crayons to color in the squares and make them bright. After all the triangles are colored, on both sides of the square, let the children cut on the lines and stop when they get to the circle--you don't want them to cut the square apart.

The next step is a teacher or adult step. Take every other corner and bend it in toward the center of the square. After all four corners are in, push a pin through the corners, through the circle, and into the eraser.

The final step is to pucker up and blow. Sometimes it takes a little while for the pinwheel to spin easily, but it will. Have fun.

Another fun thing we did on this day was to take the parachute outside. I thought it resembled a pinwheel and was lots of fun to play with.

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TMCPhoto said...

This is so timely! I'm in the middle of planning the Peanut's birthday party. I wanted to do pinwheels with them but had no idea how to make them without using wire instead of a pin and wrapping around wooden shish kebob skewers, pencils are an awesome alternative

Teacher Tom said...

I remember making those as a child! Wow, I'd forgotten all about them. Thanks for the reminder!