Make a Mary Potter Pinwheel

May 8th, 2020

Perfect for a windy Wellington day! Children with the help of an adult, can make this colourful paper pinwheel with nothing more than paper, paint, a pencil and a straight pin. Children of all ages will be delighted with this whirling windmill.

What you need:

  • Paper
  • Colouring in supplies: paint, felts, coloured pencils – use your imagination!
  • Pencil with an eraser or a straw
  • Straight pin with ball top
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil

Step 1:
Gather the materials needed for making a pinwheel.

Step 2:
Cut a 15cm square of paper. If you are doing this project with young children, pre-cut the 15cm paper squares.

Step 3: Measure the lines. Use the pencil and ruler to draw two diagonal lines, corner-to-corner, that cross at the square’s centre. Mark the centre point and mark a point 7 cm from each corner on the diagonal line.

Step 4: Add colour. You can colour one side or both sides of your paper square. You can use Mary Potter Hospice’s colours – green, blue and orange or use your imagination!

Step 5:
Cut on the diagonal line from each corner up to the marked 7cm point. Erase pencil marks, except for the centre point.

Step 6:
Assemble (for an adult to do). Using the straight pin, punch a hole in the centre of the square and at every other point half a cm from the tip. Poke the pin through one of the point holes and curl the point toward the centre. Don’t fold! Curl each pierced point, in turn, toward the centre and poke the pin through the holes. Push the pin through the centre hole of the pinwheel. Holding the pencil on a flat surface with one hand, push the pin into the side of the eraser or straw.

Step 7: Finish. You now have a Mary Potter Pinwheel! Hold the pinwheel in your hand and swish it around. The pinwheel should rotate on the pin. Take the pinwheel outside and see it whirl like crazy! Or you can put it in a pot plant or in your garden!