‘The Windy Farm’- Origami Windmill


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As you learn about sustainability and wind farms through reading ‘The Windy Farm’, be inspired and create your very own paper origami windmill!


Suitable for…

Ages
  • 3-5 years
  • 5-12 years
  • 12+ years
Group Size
  • Individual (1 child)
  • Small Group (4 children)
  • Large Group (20 children)

Idea Features
Idea Features

  • Step 1

    Decorate a paper cup using paint or craft paper. Allow to dry.

  • Step 2

    To create the sails of your windmill, fold a square of paper in half from left to right, keeping the pattern on the outside. Make a firm fold line and then open the paper back up.

  • Clever Tip

    Cut out a square of craft paper approximately 15cm x15cm or use a piece of regular origami paper.

  • Step 3

    Fold the paper in half again but this time fold from the top to the bottom. Make a firm fold line and then open the paper back up.

  • Step 4

    Fold the paper diagonally, bottom right corner to top left corner. Make a firm fold line and then open the paper back up.

  • Step 5

    Fold the paper diagonally again but from the bottom left corner to the top right corner. Make a firm fold line.

  • Step 6

    Open the paper out flat with the plain side up so that you can see the fold lines clearly.

  • Step 7

    Fold the bottom edge of the paper up to the middle line and make a firm fold.

  • Step 8

    Repeat with the opposite edge and keep folded.

  • Step 9

    Fold the bottom edge of the paper up to the middle and make a firm fold.

  • Step 10

    Lift the fold you have just made until you are able to pull the corner out. Use the pre-folds as a guide and pull the paper outwards to make a triangle.

  • Step 11

    Your triangle should come out to the left from the bottom corner.

  • Step 12

    Repeat with the other side to create a boat shape.

  • Step 13

    Fold the top of the paper down to the centre and repeat previous two instructions to create another boat shape at the top. It should look like our example image to the left.

  • Step 14

    Take the triangle that is on the bottom left and fold it downwards. Take the triangle that is on the top right and fold it upwards.

  • Step 15

    You will now have your completed windmill sails! Push a paper fastener into the centre of your sails.

  • Step 16

    Push the sails and the paper fastener into the paper cup and then push the edges of the paper fastener down. The edges of the fastener will be on the inside of your cup.

Materials


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Cost of all materials
$21.43 (inc GST)
$19.48 (ex GST)
I need enough for…
Cost of all materials
$10.44 (inc GST)
$9.49 (ex GST)
I need enough for…
Cost of all materials
$21.43 (inc GST)
$19.48 (ex GST)
I need enough for…
Cost of all materials
$21.43 (inc GST)
$19.48 (ex GST)
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