Making Pinwheels for Spring

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Hello! Baby Weasus here! Me and Small decided to make some pinwheels for the sunny, windy weather we are getting in spring.
You will need a square piece of paper, a pin, a bead and a stick. Our piece was 10cm square but we are small so you could do bigger. We are using thin card which is a bit stronger than paper.

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Fold your paper in half and mark a crease, then fold it in half again and mark another crease.

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Now open up your paper and you should have four squares marked by the creases. You can decorate these by colouring them in or sticking on shiny paper or sequins.

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Small drew blue flowers and butterflies on his two squares and I drew whizzy red patterns on mine.

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Now you need to get some scissors and cut along the diagonals to nearly the middle, but not quite. Leave a centimetre uncut. Cut all four diagonals the same, making sure you leave a space uncut in the middle.

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Now you can start folding. Fold one of the triangle shapes into the middle, like Small is doing. You need to hold it in place while you do the others which is a bit fiddly, so it can be helpful to have a friend to help.

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One more to go! Fold every second triangle over into the middle so 4 of them are curled in and 4 are sticking up flat.

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Put a map pin, or any pin with a head, in through the middle of the pinwheel – making sure you pin through each piece of folded paper.
Careful to keep your fingers out of the way!

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Once poked through, to help it spin better, thread a little bead onto the pin at the back. You can manage without one if you don’t have a bead.

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Carefully push the pin into the stick. You might need someone to help you do this, or poke a hole first if it is a thin pin and hard wood.

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Ta Dah! Finished!
We planed ours in a flower pot.

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