Make a Pinwheel Weathervane for Preschool Wind Watching

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Welcome to Playful Preschool! Every Wednesday we bring you a themed activity with a small group of bloggers consisting of teachers and parents who want to offer hands on playful learning to their preschooler.

This weeks theme is: Weather

As always catch up with us on social media by checking out the hashtag #playfulpreschool and see the bottom of this post for more weather ideas!

Our aim for our weather exploration was to see which way the wind was blowing. Today was also a rather windy day so it worked out well.

I give you the Pinwheel weathervane!

Pinwheel Weathervane preschool weather theme

Gather your supplies. You need:

  • Stiff plastic or cardstock for your pin wheel
  • 2 straws
  • A kebab stick
  • 2 pins
  • Painter tape (pretty painters tape!) I’m thinking washi would work or thin duct tape
  • Scissors

Cut out a 5″x5″ square from your chosen materials for the pinwheel. Fold the square in on itself in triangles and press firmly on the seams so they crease.

how to make a pinwheel

Cut up the seams leaving a solid square in the center. Poke a pin hole in every 2nd corner and then test your pinwheel design by holding down with your finger. Stick the pin threw it.testing your pinwheel

Use painters tape on the back of the pinwheel to give a sturdier backing. Cut a small bit of straw so that the pinwheel is further away from the stem then poke through a long straw. You will need to make sure there is still some pin left as in the pic below. Now get the 2nd straw and tape these 3 sections together! Use as much tape as you think you need.how to make a tail for your pin wheel

Once this is all covered you will have a stem which will fit over your kebab stick and a tail end waiting for its tail attachment.sticky tape the pinwheel

Take a cut off from your pinwheel materials. Mine was about 5″x2″ and fold it in on itself, secure with a pin and stick it through the tail end of your pinwheel weathervane.pinwheel weather

I then bent the pin, it wasn’t hard I could do it with my fingers, and taped it down for further tail support.underside of the tail wind

Off we went outside! To the dirt heep.

(It’s been raining lately and our grass is wild!)

Stick your kebab stick in the ground and slip the pinwheel weathervane on top of it. This allows it to pivot in whichever way the wind wants! NEAT HEY!?Pinwheel Weathervane weather unit

Now hopefully you have some wind. Extended activities beside watching in fascination for a preschooler is to get this project out every day and document on paper which way the wind is blowing.

This little pinwheel of course does not do well in strong winds!

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Pinwheel Weathervane for preschool study

A short little video of the pinwheel weathervane in action!!

Take a look at what the playful preschool team has for you on weather!

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