Traditionally windmills were used on farms to pump water or grind grain. Today’s windmills or wind turbines can use the wind’s energy to generate electricity. Find out how to make your own windmill at home or in the classroom from paper cups and a straw . All you need are a few simple supplies to get started. We love fun, hands-on STEM projects for kids!

PAPER WINDMILL CRAFT FOR KIDS

HOW DOES A WINDMILL WORK?

Wind power has been around for a long time. You may have seen windmills on farms. When the wind turns the blades of a windmill, it spins a turbine inside a small generator to produce electricity.

A windmill on a farm only makes a small amount of electricity. To make enough electricity to serve lots of people, utility companies build wind farms with a large number of wind turbines.

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Wind power is an alternative energy source, considered to be ‘clean energy’ as nothing is burned to provide the energy. They are wonderful for the environment!

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STEM ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS

So you might ask, what does STEM actually stand for? STEM is science, technology, engineering, and math. The most important thing you can take away from this, is that STEM is for everyone!

Yes, kids of all ages can work on STEM projects and enjoy STEM lessons.  STEM activities are great for group work, too!

STEM is everywhere! Just look around.  The simple fact that STEM surrounds us is why it’s so important for kids to be a part of, to use and to understand STEM.

From the buildings you see in town, the bridges that connect places, the computers we use, the software programs that go with them, and to the air we breathe, STEM is what makes it all possible.

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Engineering is an important part of STEM. What is engineering in kindergarten, preschool, and first grade? 

Well, it’s putting together simple structures and other items and in the process learning about the science behind them. Essentially, it’s a whole lot of doing!  Learn more about what is engineering.

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HOW TO BUILD A WINDMILL

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SUPPLIES:

  • 2 small paper cups
  • Bendable straw
  • Toothpick
  • Scissors
  • 4 pennies
  • Tape

INSTRUCTIONS

STEP 1: Draw a dot in the center of each cup.

STEP 2: Poke a hole in each cup with toothpick.

STEP 3: Make one hole large enough to place your bendable straw into the cup.

STEP 4: Tape the 4 pennies inside the cup with the straw, to weigh it down a bit.

STEP 5: Cut slits around the second cup about 1/4 inch apart.

STEP 6: Fold down each strip you cut, to open up your windmill

STEP 7: Place a toothpick inside the windmill cup and then insert the toothpick into the end of the bendable straw.

STEP 8: Blow on, or spin your windmill and watch it go!

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HOW TO MAKE A WINDMILL

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