Wind power!

The breezy days of spring call out from pinwheels. However, with little hands that is not always a good idea. The artists made pin-less pinwheels today. Now they can take them outside into the breeze and watch them go, or they can just blow on them inside and create a fun swirl of colour.


paper squares (preferably colourful)


paper punch with a small hole

hole maker (for centre of the squares)

thin wire and something to cut it with

pony beads (three per pinwheel)

1/4″ wooden dowels

drill and very small drill bit (but large enough for two pieces of wire to fit through)

crayons or markers


Cut the paper along the diagonals about 3/4 of the way toward the centre. For a 21 cm (8 1/2″) square, cut the diagonals from each corner toward the centre. make each cut about 12.5cm (5″) long and leaving about 2.5 cm (1″) from the cut to the centre.

Punch holes in the paper: one in the centre and one at each point about 1.5 cm from the corner and .5 cm from the side.

Drill a small hole in each dowel about 1.5 mm (1/2″) from the end.

Cut the wire into 12 cm (about 5″). Sting a bead onto the centre of the wire and fold the wire over it. Slide another bead onto both ends of the wire.


Artists decorate each side of the paper. Try to do completely different decorations on each side of the paper.

Poke the two ends of the wire through the four hole and then through the centre hole of the paper. Add the third bead. Poke the wire ends through the hole drilled in the

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