What’s colorful and girly with hearts all over? Our Heart Girl™ 8 Ft Parachute, of course! Today we are taking inspiration from one of our signature products and creating easy-to-make pinwheels out of paper and glue!
Our Heart Girl™ 8 Ft Parachute features all of the signature graphics and bright colors from the Heart Girl™ collection, including Flutter Butterfly, Blue Bird and Buzzie Bee. It’s the perfect accessory for outdoor play at parties or picnics.
At 8 feet in diameter, this parachute has plenty of room for everyone to grab a handle and join in on the fun!
We’ve touted the merits of parachutes before, but it’s worth mentioning again that they are a wonderful tool for building gross motor skills in a cooperative group play setting. Parachutes only work when everyone acts as a team which is a valuable life skill that transcends from childhood through adulthood.
We were inspired by the movement and air flow created by parachutes and were reminded of one of our favorite childhood crafts: pinwheels!
Pinwheels are a super simple craft that can be made by children as young as four years old (with adult supervision, of course). They’re not only fun for parachute play but they make a big impact as party decor or as props in a photobooth as well!
Here’s what you’ll need to create your own pinwheels:
- Wooden dowels
- Hot glue gun
Take a sheet of cardstock and cut it into a square. Next, cut diagonal slits from each corner the center of the paper allowing for space to remain intact in the center of the paper.
Take one end of each corner flap and fold it into the center of the paper. Repeat on all four sides.
Secure each of the flaps in place with a brad.
Finally, flip the pinwheel over and adhere a wooden dowel to the paper using a hot glue gun. For extra polish, cut out a small circle of the same colored cardstock and place it over the glued area.
Now you have a pinwheel! Easy, right? Once you get the hang of it, you can make a bunch in no time at all!
We “heart” pinwheels!