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A Japanese Origami Pinwheel

If you are around kids, you will like this origami pinwheel. You can make it and attach it to a stick of some kind, maybe put a pin in the middle of it and attach it to the erasure end of a pencil for kids to play with.  My kids are all grown, but when they were small, we were always coming up with fun things to do, and mothers and grandmothers may like this pinwheel for their kids or grand kids.

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A completely square piece of paper
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I folded it in half, then I unfolded it.
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I folded one side up to meet the middle fold line.
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I folded the other side to meet the middle fold line too.

I began with a completely square piece of paper.  I folded it in half, and then I unfolded it again. I needed that middle fold.  After I unfolded it again, I took one edge and folded it toward the middle fold line, then I took the other edge and folded it also to the middle fold line. Next, I folded it in half again pulling the long side up and folding it in the middle that way.

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After I folded it in half again, I unfolded it again.  Next, I took one side and folded it toward the middle fold line.
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Next, I folded the other side toward the middle fold line.
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I unfolded it again to where the paper looked like this.
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I folded one of the corners up to the first fold line.
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I folded the corner next to it up to the first fold line too.
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In the next square between the fold lines, I folded the paper over again and made a diagonal fold line, then unfolded it.
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I folded the middle of the next square in the middle of the fold lines too, and then I unfolded it so that it would look like this.
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I opened it up, but didn’t completely unfold it.
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I held it on the middle fold line. I opened it up and folded those second diagonal fold lines back.
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I took the edge of the paper and pulled it toward the middle while I pushed the sides out.
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I pushed it down folding the edge of the paper to the middle fold line, then I creased the edges. I made the same diagonal fold lines on the other end of the paper.
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I held it down in the middle of the paper and opened up the paper on the end where I just made the diagonal fold lines. I folded it the way I folded the other side.
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After you have done both sides the same, this is what your paper will look like.
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Next, go to one of those sides where it can separate and fold it back.
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Then, go to the opposite side and fold it back too.

At this point, you have a pinwheel or a windmill.

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If you turn it over, this is what it looks like on the other side.

It is time to attach it to something and let the kids enjoy it. 🙂

 

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