It is scorching hot here. Summer's hanging on with all
her might and we're praying for rain and cooler temps. And a breeze. Oh, how
amazing a cool breeze would feel on these 90+ degree days!
Thankfully, this weather won't hold and we're bound to
get the crisp mornings and leaf-shaking breezes that are inevitable with fall.
Hopefully our windsocks usher them in.
This simple paper craft is easy enough for preschoolers and
yet still enjoyable for elementary-school-aged kiddos. My boys were surprised
by how easy it was to turn a bunch of paper rectangles and circles into a
1 piece of colored 12- x 18-inch construction paper, cut
down to roughly 12 x 14
black construction paper
Assortment of ribbons
White school glue
Tissue paper, heavy duty aluminum foil, tissue paper,
etc. punched into small circles
Hot glue gun (optional)
Trust me when I say that the hardest part of this project
is step one.
Roll your large piece of construction paper into a tube
and glue it. Let me assure you, this is trickier than one would think. For my
oldest son's windsock, we used the glue gun. For my youngest son's, I used school glue, holding it in place while it dried by gently-applied clear tape
and at the ends, paperclips. When it was dry, we moved on to Step 2.
Cut lengths of ribbon (ours were roughly 16 inches long)
and staple along the bottom of the tube. Cut a shorter length of ribbon
(approximately 8 inches long) and staple each side to the opposite end of the
construction paper tube to create a handle.
Punch lots of circles out of your decorative papers. My
oldest son used tissue paper, while my youngest opted for brightly colored
office papers and heavy duty kitchen foil (to make shiny
Run a bead of school glue around the tube (at the end
where the ribbons dangle) about an inch up from the bottom. Begin adding the
brightly colored circles. This first layer will cover the staples. Repeat this step until you have five or six layers of
circles, overlapping each row slightly.
Cut a 1-inch-wide strip of black construction paper and
glue it around the windsock slightly overlapping the top of the last row of
scales applied. If necessary, use a piece of clear tape to hold it in place
while the glue dries.
Punch (or cut) two circles from black paper for eyes.
Add these to the fish on opposite sides of the windsock toward the top.
Let it dry and hang it inside near a window. When the temperature cools down and the windows are open, you'll be able to see the beautiful tail (aka
ribbons) of the fish blowing in the breeze.
Want a book to pair with this? Why not read The Rainbow Fish, the delightful tale of a fish
with brightly colored scales.