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Curious George is curious about everything, and so are kids! Explore the concept of wind with this fun Curious George pinwheel craft and activity. Simply download the templates, then print them out for some interactive learning. The kids and I completed the construction of our pinwheels in under 10 minutes and then talked about wind as we blew air into our pinwheels. Then we went outside to see if the wind would make them spin. It was a great project to introduce concepts such as speed and force to the kids in a tangible way.

Click HERE to make a Curious George Artwork Hanging Vine

Materials:

  • scissors
  • thumbtacks (adults handle these)
  • unsharpened pencils

Instructions

  1. pinwheel 2Print out your pinwheel template and cut out the square shape of the pinwheel.

  2. Cut along the dotted lines on your square, stopping a couple of inches before you reach the center. Follow the pictorial instructions on the top of the template and fold every other corner as you move around the square. pinwheel 3The tips of the corners you fold should lie nicely in the center.

  3. Next, use a thumbtack to punch a hole through the center of your folded pinwheel, tacking together the points of your folds.
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  5. Press the tack in the center of the pinwheel into the side of a pencil eraser and you are finished!



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Go use your pinwheel outside!

Click HERE to make a Curious George Artwork Hanging Vine



Curious George is a production of Imagine, WGBH and Universal. Curious George and related characters, created by Margret and H.A. Rey, are copyrighted and trademarked by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and used under license. Licensed by Universal Studios Licensing LLC. Television Series: © 2013. Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved. The PBS KIDS logo is a registered mark of PBS and is used with permission. Proud Sponsors of Curious George® on PBS KIDS® are Stride Rite Children's Group, LLC., and ABCmouse.com.

Caroline Gravino Urdaneta, a PBS Parents resident crafter, is a designer of creative family projects, tinkering painter and mother of four children. She writes about project ideas for the whole family and how to encourage creativity in kids on the popular blog, Salsa Pie.

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