Cardboard-tube sails and Popsicle-stick blades really spin, with the help of a brad.

By Laura Fenton
September 11, 2013
Credit: Avery Powell

How to Make a Windmill

What You'll NeedOatmeal container (painted or covered with colored paper), 2 toilet paper tubes, 1 ? " cardboard circle (cut from the oatmeal container's top), 1 brad, glue, 4 Popsicle sticks, paint, colored paper, scissors

Make It1. To make the blades, cut each paper tube in half, lengthwise; paint and let dry.2. Draw guidelines and glue a Popsicle stick to the back edge of each blade.3. Glue the blades to your cardboard circle, allowing room for a brad at the center.4. Paint the oatmeal container and let it dry. Push a hole through the oatmeal container 1" from the top.5. Attach blade to the top of the oatmeal container with a brad.6. Use a utility knife to cut the windows and a door.7. Make a cone of colored paper for the top of the oatmeal container and tape or glue it on.

Originally published in the October 2013 issue of Parents magazine.

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