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Patriotic Pinwheel

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Patriotic Pinwheel

 
Teaching our nation's heritage comes alive with age-appropriate Fourth of July activities like this one. In this Fourth of July craft, kids will have a ton of fun learning how to make pinwheels, and they'll gain plenty of educational skills besides!
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Instructions

 
  1. First choose what you want to make your pinwheel craft from: either one Metallic Foil Board Square or 2 Paper Squares. Decorate the squares of your choice, using star stickers and/ or markers. For the Metallic Foil Board, decorate both sides. For Paper Squares, decorate one side of each Square and then glue together the two undecorated sides.
  2. Using a ruler as a guide, draw 2 diagonal lines with pencil, to form an "x"- connecting the opposite corners.
  3. Begin cutting on the lines from each of the 4 corners, ending 1 inch before the center point. You now have 4 triangles.
  4. Bring the right point of each triangle to the center point and staple them down. You may need more than one staple to hold them all in place.
  5. Push the thumbtack or pin through the center of the pinwheel craft, and then into the eraser of the unsharpened pencil.
  6. Have fun blowing your pinwheel and watching it spin!



Tips for Teachers and Educators:
  • This 4th of July craft is a great tool for teaching kids the idea of symmetry. Show children how the paper only turns into a proper pinwheel since the original square is symmetrical, and the same cutting and folding is done symmetrically on all sides.
  • Kids- even quite young ones- can become friendly with rulers and measuring. Encourage them to draw the diagonal lines themselves (demonstrating first, of course) and teach them how to measure 1 inch on each line, from the midpoint.
  • This pinwheels craft can demonstrate the power of wind. Explain how wind mills, which work in a similar fashion, are powered by natural wind, and have real agricultural importance!
  • YES! Even summer time presents opportunities to stimulate and educate young minds. And when presented in fun July 4th crafts for kids, they won't even realize they're learning!
 
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Age:
5-7
Level of Difficulty:
level 2
Estimated Time:
1-2 hours minutes
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