For the top of the windsock you will need one 8 1/2 x 11 piece of
construction paper. Cut the piece of paper in half lengthwise.
Next have your child color the small pictures to place on the
windsock. Coloring and activity books are great for finding
pictures. You can use a copier to reduce or enlarge the pictures
to fit on the windsock. We cut out four pictures for each of our
After coloring the pictures, cut them out and glue them to the
two pieces of construction paper. Next lay the pieces of paper
end to end and staple them together. Bring the two open ends of
the paper together to form a circle and staple the two ends
together. This is the top of the windsock.
Next have your child cut the streamers. These streamers are the
same kind of streamers you would hang up for a birthday party.
Cut approximately six pieces of streamer to be 18 inches each.
Have your child glue the ends of the streamers inside the bottom
of the windsock so that they are hanging out of the bottom of the
Have your child cut a piece of yarn approximately 18 inches long.
Staple the ends of the yarn on each side of the top of the
windsock. Your windsock is ready to hang!
These windsocks are very easy to make and look really cute
hanging out on your patio. You can also hang them in your house.
They are great seasonal and holiday projects. You can change the
pictures and colors of the windsocks with the seasons, such as
for Easter, Christmas, or Halloween. You could have flowers for
spring, bumblebees for summer, or leaves for fall. The
possibilities are limitless. My boys are currently interested in
insects, so they colored some bugs for their windsocks.
This activity is a great opportunity for your preschooler to
practice coloring, cutting, and gluing. If your preschooler
doesn't yet have a long attention span, you might want to pre-cut
some of the pieces ahead of time, like the top of the windsock
and the streamers. My busy boys barely made it past the coloring
part, but loved seeing their windsocks blowing in the breeze!
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