How to make a Paper Windmill

Alice has had her heart set on us making our own windmill/pinwheel for some time now. I’ve been putting it off thinking I would need to buy special materials to make it with but after a quick browse on the internet I realised how simple making one was. DSCN5761 DSCN5762 You will need Plain A4 sheet paper (or scrap book paper squares), Straw, Push pin, Ruler, Pencil, Scissors, Blue tac or glue. First you’ll need to make the A4 paper into a square by folding it diagonally across until the sides meet and then cutting the extra paper off.

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Once you’ve done that you have your square. Fold the square in half diagonally and then fold it again diagonally making a triangle. Open it up and mark the centre with the pencil. Then using your ruler draw four lines from each corner almost into the centre. Leave about 2cm gap from the centre. Cut along the lines.

DSCN5767 DSCN5770 Decorate both sides of the square to your hearts content.DSCN5772 DSCN5773 Add a small piece of blue tac to each corner. Fold each corner in turn up to the centre and push to stick (You can use glue instead of blue tac). Once you’ve done that take the push pin and push it first through the centre of the windmill and then attach that to the top of the straw.DSCN5800 DSCN5775 Very quick and easy! We went outside to test it out and it wasn’t windy enough. We used the fan inside to get the windmill spinning.

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Alice was very happy with her spinning windmill.
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4 thoughts on “How to make a Paper Windmill

  1. I think I enjoy your blog so much because your projects and photographs, as in this post, take me back into the world of children where I enjoyed working for many years as a teacher and principal. But now, alas, even my grandchildren are too old to be thrilled at the idea of making paper windmills, though they might go along with it to please me.

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  2. It is a wonderful gift to be a teacher and be able to share in the simple pleasures of life. Children (especially ones under the age of five) live life with such passionate curiosity. I will always be grateful that I got my qualification in ECE! So glad the post brings back happy memories for you.

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