Read It, Make It: Pinwheels

Read It, Make It: Windy Days by Deborah Kerbel and Miki Sato

We often think of pinwheels and windy days when it comes to Spring, but there is another windy season on the other side of Summer. Windy Days takes the reader on an adventure from late Summer to early Winter, exploring weather in the form of rhyming couplets on each page. The last page shares several weather experiments to try yourself, one of which includes a pinwheel. After reading this book, make a pinwheel or two and head outside on a windy day to watch it spin!

Other Weather Picture books by Deborah Kerbel and Miki Sato

Snow Days

Sunny Days

Rainy Days (April 22, 2022)






Materials

  • Colored paper, scrapbooking paper, computer paper, origami paper
  • Glue stick
  • Pencil with eraser, chopsticks, sticks, dowel rod, straws, cork
  • Push Pins
  • Markers, crayons, stickers (for decorating paper) – decorating may be done before or after creating your pinwheel

Instructions

  1. Cut paper into a square. Fold diagonally both ways and crease.
  2. Cut about 3/4 of the way from the outside to the middle along the crease. You should be making four cuts.
  3. Grab a point and loosely bend the point to the center. Glue point to center. Repeat 3 times, using every other point. Cut out a small circle for the center to glue on top of the points. (optional) Or make a hole with a push pin in every other point and pin through center of pinwheel.
  4. Push pin through the center of pinwheel into pencil eraser, chopstick, dowel rod, straw, etc. In order to not have any sharp points sticking out, place cork on the end of the push pin. Here is a link to a pin free DIY pinwheel.
  5. Adjust as needed so that pinwheel can spin freely.