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School holidays activities 1. Make a rainbow wind spinner

July 12, 2013 | Filed under Inexpensive play

I’ve been looking for interesting activities for the younger set n time for the next school holidays.  This wind spinner took my fancy and I’m planning to make it with my grandsons next week.  I found it on http://www.kidspot.com.au

This cheerful rainbow wind spinner is made out of a recycled plastic bottle and is an easy craft activity for kids.

Watch this video tutorial to find out how to make your own!

Or follow these easy instructions

What you need:

  • 1 x recycled plastic soft drink bottle (with a plastic lid)
  • 4 x rolls of electrical tape (green, blue, red, yellow)
  • 1 x small stanley knife
  • 1 x brass barrel swivel ( a fishing accessory found in the fishing section of K-mart)
  • string
  • 1 x paperclip

What you do

  1. Take the label off your recycled bottle. The easiest way is to soak the bottle in warm soapy water in the kitchen sink until the label falls off. Dry the bottle well.
  2. Where the label was, place stripes of electrical tape in different colours around the centre of it. About six to seven layers of tape should do it
  3.  Make vertical slits at 2cm in the area that is covered by the electrical tape. Measure out 2cm intervals as a guide and then use a stanley knife to make the slits. (Kids you should get Mum or Dad or an older person to do this.) When using a stanley knife always make sure your hand is not in the ‘line of fire’ –  don’t put your hand in the direction you are cutting. Always cut away from your supporting hand.
  4. Now that you have your vertical slits, push the top of the bottle down to make the strips flare out. When they do, pinch each strip across the middle to make a fold
  5. Next you have to angle the strips at the top and bottom so that they will catch the wind. Do this by making 45 degree folds ot the right at the top and bottom of each strip.
  6. Make a hole in the top of of the bottle top. To do this you can heat the paper clip or a kitchen skewer so that it melts through the plastic to make the hole
  7. Unfold the paper clip so it’s a straight piece of wire. Thread it through one eyelet of your swivel. Fold it over and twist the two ends together. Now thread them through the hole in the top of the bottle lid and fan them out so it stays in place.
  8. Tie string to the other end.
  9. Put the lid on the bottle
  10. Hang your spinner from a tree outside and watch it spin in the wind!

Apart from being fun, it teaches children about recycling by reusing some stuff from your recycling bin.

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