Your kids will be spinning with excitement to do this quick and easy pinwheel craft. It’s a perfect addition to your 4th of July celebration!
Why Do the Pinwheel Craft
This 4th of July craft is simple and straightforward. But don’t let that fool you into thinking that amazing things aren’t happening with your kids.
There are coloring and cutting both involved in this pinwheel craft. Both coloring and cutting work your kids’ fine motor skills. Strong fine motor skills help your kids to be able to hold things, tie their shoes, and write.
One of the activities in this craft is to color the blank paper on the back of the square. This is a chance for your kids to be able to make it their own. They can color is solid colors, add patterns like stripes, or try something else.
The way the pinwheel folds in it is tricky to see how the patterns will fall. Let your kids be as creative as they would like!
Pinwheels are a great way to show your kids that even though we can’t see wind (or their breath) that it is still there! Also, the idea that the pinwheel stops when the wind (or blowing) stops is taught.
Have your kids investigate where they need to blow into the pinwheel to make it move.
This 4th of July pinwheel is a great way to introduce what the 4th of July is and why we celebrate it. If you are looking for other activities to add in to your discussion, check out our Homeschooling Preschool Curriculum: Week 40b. It is all about the 4th of July!
Items Needed to Make Patriotic Pinwheels
- Pinwheel template (from the freebie library– found here)
- cardstock paper
- crayons, markers, or paint
- straight sewing pin
- pliers (or something to bend the pin)
- tape (optional)
How to make the Patriotic Pinwheel
1 – Sign up to get access to the freebie library.
2 – Print off the Patriotic Pinwheel on cardstock.
3 – Cut out the square and the little circle.
4- Have your kids color the blank side of the square and the little circle. The coloring will show when the pinwheel points are folded in. Use red and blue if you want to stay with the patriotic theme.
5 – Cut down the dashed lines on the front of the square.
6 – Fold each point without the stars into the center of the square.
7 – Place a pin through the corners of the paper that you have folded into the center of the square.
8 – Flip the pinwheel over and stick a straw onto the pin. Be sure to leave space between the pinwheel and the straw or else the pinwheel will not spin.
9 – Bend the end of the pin down using pliers.
10 – Using tape, attach the small circle over the pin head on the front of the pinwheel (if desired).
11 – Try out your pinwheel! Enjoy using the pinwheel to help celebrate the 4th of July!
4th of July Craft
Look no further for a great addition to a patriotic celebration. This 4th of July craft is sure to not only entertain but can also serve as a decoration.