Since we are currently enmeshed with our weather nature study and focusing on wind, I thought that making pinwheels would be a fun way to integrate a craft into our studies! This is a VERY simple craft that even my 4 year old (now 5 as of last weekend!) could do mostly on his own.
To begin, just gather up a 8X8 piece of cardstock, scissors, an unsharpened pencil, and a thumbtack. Yep, that's it!
Take your cardstock square and fold it in half diagonally.
Open and then fold the opposite corners together.
You should have creases that create four triangles on your square. Take your scissors and cut about 3/4 of the way up each crease. You may use a pencil to draw the length of the line to help guide you if you think it will make it easier for you or your children.
Once you have cut all four lines, take one corner of each triangle and fold it in to the center. Hold it in place with your finger.
Make sure that you fold up the same corner on each triangle. Also make sure that you DO NOT MAKE A CREASE ON THE FOLD.
Once you have folded all four corners in, stick your thumbtack through the center of them and then stick the entire thing into the eraser of your unsharpened pencil.
There you have it! Your very own pinwheel!
Have fun with your new creation!