Windy days are made for pinwheels, am I right? Remember getting a pinwheel at the county fair or the book fair at school (my favorite place ever) and running outside to watch it turn in the wind? As a child, I could stare at a pinwheel turn for hours. They were just mesmerizing.
I had never made a pinwheel myself, so I thought the kids would enjoy learning how to make one as an easy spring craft. Like a lot of our projects, this DIY pinwheel craft is very simple and only requires a couple of supplies. If you like this activity, don’t miss our easy spring toilet roll butterfly craft!
DIY Pinwheel Craft
To make this pinwheel craft, you’ll need the following:
To get started, all you have to do is cut the paper into squares and then make a diagonal cut toward the center on each corner.
Actually, I didn’t even cut the paper into squares. I did the old school thing where you fold the paper in fourths and then tear it. (I know I’m not the only person who does that, am I?)
After you’ve made the diagonal cuts, take each cut and fold the right corner toward the left so that the end lands in the center of the paper.
You don’t want to actually “fold” by making a crease in the paper, because you need the paper to remain curved in order for the air to move through it. So you’re really just pulling the corners toward the middle here.
Once you have all the corners folded toward the center, just hold them down with one hand and then stick the push pin through with the other.
Make sure you catch all the corner ends and don’t stick yourself! I pushed the pin through first and then stuck the end into the pencil eraser.
And we’re done! The kids were so excited to try them out that they sat at the table trying to perfect how to blow across the sails to move them properly for about 20 minutes afterward.
I will say that these are not the most permanent pinwheels you can make, so if your kids get a little rough with them (like ours did), you’ll have to put them back together. But you just have to push the paper corners back down and re-pin. Easy peasy!
If you enjoyed this spring activity, check out our other spring learning ideas!
And get more ideas on my Spring Activities for Kids Pinterest board!
What type of paper did you use? Would cardstock be too heavy? Instead of using a pushpin, could you glue the ends down to make it more durable?
I used cardstock for these and they worked, but it took a good deal of blowing…lol. Lighter paper would probably be better. Gluing the ends down MIGHT work, but I’m not sure. I’ve seen tutorials that use curved stick pins with a ball tip and that might work a little better.