How to Make a Patriotic Pinwheel

This fun, fourth of July craft for the little ones conceals lessons in geometry and history.

You will need

  • 2 8" x 8" pieces of card stock
  • A pencil with an eraser
  • Red and blue markers
  • A straightedge
  • Scissors
  • A hole punch
  • A pushpin
  • Glue (optional)
  • Silver glitter (optional)

Step 1 Draw stars Draw the outlines of stars on one side of one sheet of the card stock and color around them with the blue marker.

Step 2 Outline stripes Use your straightedge and the red marker to draw and color thick red stripes on one side of the other piece of card stock.

Step 3 Make cuts Square the blank sides of the cards together. Then make four cuts, one from each of the four corners, extending halfway to the center.

Step 4 Punch holes Punch a hole in each corner just to the left of each cut, about a half inch from the edges.

Step 5 Gather Fold each punched corner carefully toward the center, making sure not to crease the paper.

Step 6 Fasten Poke a pushpin through the four punched holes and into the pencil eraser. Blow on your pinwheel and watch the swirl of patriotic pride.