Activity

DIY Pinwheels

Third Grade Arts & crafts Activities: DIY Pinwheels

What You Need:

  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Stickpin

What You Do:

  1. Encourage your child to do some research online before creating their pinwheel. They can see if they can discover anything interesting about the history of pinwheels and interesting designs and constructions.
  2. Invite your child to use the ruler to measure a 6" x 6" inch square. They can use scissors to cut out their square for making the pinwheel.
  3. Now they can use the ruler to draw an X from corner to corner on the square dividing it into four triangles.
  4. Offer them the scissors and have them cut from each corner along the line until they just about reach the centre of the square – but not cutting all the way through! When they're finished, they'll have four cuts moving diagonally towards the middle.
  5. To create the pinwheel, invite your child to begin folding in one corner of each "triangle" to the middle of the square. They can hold the pieces together and then secure them by pushing a stickpin through the middle.
  6. Now they can secure the pinwheel to the eraser of a pencil and take their finished pinwheel outside to enjoy!

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