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DIY Pinwheels are a simple craft that is tons of fun to make with the kids this summer!

A fun summer activity for kids. Learn how to make your own pinwheels!

Spring is flying by and summer is just around the corner!! We had a gorgeous weekend last week and instead of cleaning house and going grocery shopping I spent the day with the kids. We made our own pinwheels for the first time and we played outside in the sunshine all afternoon.

A fun summer activity for kids. Learn how to make your own pinwheels!

I even had an extra special treat for the kids (and me). When I was at Sam’s Club the other day I found SunnyD! Do you remember SunnyD? It was one of my favorite things when I was a kid. I used to drink it all the time. I didn’t even know they still made it! I was so excited when I saw it I grabbed a 24ct. case in the Tangy Original flavor.

A fun summer activity for kids. Learn how to make your own pinwheels!

It turns out making pinwheels is pretty darn easy! all you need is:

  • 12×12 Scrapbook paper (double-sided)
  • Scissors
  • Small hole punch
  • wood dowels
  • push pins
  • glue dots (I know I have a stapler pictured but glue dots worked better!)

I let the kids pick out their favorite colors from my stash of scrapbook paper and I cut the paper into quarters to make small squares. Since my hole punch wasn’t big enough to reach to the middle of the paper I folded it in half and cut half a circle…which made a perfect circle when I unfolded it.

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Then I made a diagonal cut from each corner in toward the middle, stopping a short distance from the hole in the center. Once the cuts are made punch a hole in the left corner of each of the triangles.

A fun summer activity for kids. Learn how to make your own pinwheels!

If you look closely at the middle image you can see how I put a glue dot on either side of the hole punch. Then I folded the corner in, lined up the hole with the center hole and pressed it down to glue it in place. I repeated this for each corner.

A fun summer activity for kids. Learn how to make your own pinwheels!

To attach the pinwheel to my wooden dowels I stuck the pushpin through the middle hole and pressed it into the wood dowel. Don’t go all the way in, you want a little space between the dowel and the pinwheel so the pinwheel can spin. To hide the push pin I put a glue dot on the end and used a nickle to trace a circle on scrapbook paper. Then I cut it out and glued it on the end of the push pin.

A fun summer activity for kids. Learn how to make your own pinwheels!

They turned out so cute and the kids loved them! They had so much fun running around outside with them and it turns out my son loves SunnyD as much as I do. He couldn’t get enough of it :). SunnyD +Pinwheels = Endless summer fun ! I love making these kinds of memories with my kids, they are growing up way too fast.

A fun summer activity for kids. Learn how to make your own pinwheels!

You can find SunnyD on an end-cap display in Sam’s Club from April – July (vs. the usual spot in the refrigerated section) and they are on rollback from $5.38 vs. the original retail price of $5.98 until the first week of August.

A fun summer activity for kids. Learn how to make your own pinwheels!

What fun things do you have planned for this summer? Let us know in the comments!

melinda

 

 

 

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