A whirligig is a spinning play thing.
In this case, it is made from a paper plate!


How to Make a Whirligig


  1. Get a paper plate, a pair of scissors, a hole puncher, some string or yarn, and some coloring stuffs (crayons, color pencils, paints).
  2. Color the paper plate.
  3. Use the scissors and cut the paper plate in a spiral pattern. Start from the edge of the plate and spiral inwards.
  4. Use the hole puncher and punch a hole in the center of the paper plate.
  5. Tie a string in the punched hole and you’re done!
  6. You can hang the whirligig and let the wind blow it around and around. You can also run around with it like a kite. It spins and whirls!

If you paint one plate red, another plate blue, and keep a third plate in white, then you will have some great USA-themed decorations.

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