How To Make A Windsock: Rainbow Craft For Kids

Make your own windsocks. A fun and colourful craft to inspire physical movement and self expression.Ever wondered how to make windsocks with the children quickly, easily and cheaply? Well, this windsock craft is so easy to do you’ll be ready to take it outside to play with in just minutes!

Another great thing about this rainbow windsock craft is that it’s made from an up-cycled plastic milk jug so you and the kiddies can have fun and be doing your bit for the environment at the same time.

The milk jug base means the windsocks are perfect for little hands to hold on to easily and it’s like having handheld kites.

We used rainbow ribbons for our windsocks because they’re so bright a cheerful and it’s coming up to St Patrick’s Day, but you could of course use any colours you like.

Children will love running around and twirling seeing the kites’ rainbow tails trailing out behind them. These really are such colourful and fun windsocks to make and play with.

Supplies To Make Your Own Windsock

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  • A clean and dry plastic milk jug
  • A selection of ribbons UK / US
  • Kitchen Knife
  • Scissors
  • Stapler

How To Make Rainbow Windsocks

Making a windsock is a great task for big kids to do independently and even if they’re too big to want to play with it themselves they can always make it for a younger friend or sibling or just hang it up outside as a garden ornament!

My 10 year old made this one successfully without any help what-so-ever. Younger kiddies might need a bit of a helping hand in places.

Make your own windsocks. A fun and colourful craft to inspire physical movement and self expression.

First he cut the bottom off the milk jug. He chose to saw through it with a bread knife and it worked really well. You could use a little hacksaw or even snip through with scissors.

Then he measured out and cut off lots of lengths of ribbon. You can make these as long or short as you like. He chose an arm’s length as his guide.

Finally he just stapled them on all the way around the edge. Hey presto your hand-held kite/windsock craft is finished! How easy was that?

My youngest son has loved running around with it outside and it inspired lots of turning, spinning, leaping and dancing.

Make your own windsocks. A fun and colourful craft to inspire physical movement and self expression. Make your own windsocks. A fun and colourful craft to inspire physical movement and self expression.

“I love how it inspired his physical movement and self expression.”

What are the children learning?

  • Making windsocks is a super activity for older children to think through and problem solve how to achieve a finished piece. I told my son that I wanted to make a windsock using the milk jug and ribbons. I left it to him to work out how to cut the jug, measure out the number and lengths of ribbon and how to attach them.
  • If you’re working alongside younger children then it’s a great activity for talking about colours. You can see a list of relevant colour learning ideas in my Rainbow Sensory Bottles post.

Rainbow-Sensory-Bottle_Musical-Shaker-8There are lots of opportunity for maths too:

  • Can the children decide how long they want their ribbon to be?
  • Do they want the ribbons all the same length or different lengths?
  • How can they measure the ribbon?
  • Perhaps they’d like the ribbon as long as their arm or as long as Daddy’s foot?
  •  Older children might like to measure the ribbon out using centimetres.
  • Can the children cut the ribbon? It’s a bit trickier than paper!

How about a bit of Scientific Testing?

  • What’s the best way to attach the ribbons? Glue, Sticky Tape, Masking Tape, or Staples? Perhaps they’d prefer to make holes and tie the ribbon on?
  • Which method will last the longest and why?
  • Which method will be best in the rain?
  • Is there an optimum number of ribbons?
  • Where is it best to attach the ribbons?
  • Could the tails be made out of different materials? How about, paper or strips of plastic bag?

I love crafts like this where there are lots of different ways of doing it. There is no right or wrong.

“I think when we’re working on arts and crafts with children it is important to remember that it’s about children’s individual creativity and very much the process, not the finished product!”

Make your own windsocks. A fun and colourful craft to inspire physical movement and self expression.

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  1. What a great idea! We have some very high, windy parks near us, so this kind of thing would be perfect for my two. They’re a little young to be making it themselves, but that gives me the perfect excuse to pitch in.

  2. What a great craft activity to keep your little ones busy.

  3. How funny! I have actually been saving milk jugs to do this and haven’t had the time yet! Glad to know it turns out beautifully!

  4. Great idea with lots of extension suggestions :)

  5. What a fantastic activity – thanks for sharing all the ideas for exploring different areas like maths and science :)

  6. Amazing! I hope your kiddies know how lucky they are to have such a creative mumma!
    Katie x

  7. So much fun, so colourful and so simple! Great post!

  8. That’s awesome, I didn’t realise that’s what a windsock is I thought they were the cylinder shaped fabric thingies! But it’s beautiful, absolutely love the colours of the ribbons and so perfect for current weather!

    • Emma "My Little 3 and Me" Smith says:

      They are just what you think they are Charlotte, but it seemed like the best description for these too, so I nabbed it. ;-)

  9. Great idea, really simple but effective. Fab pictures too x

  10. such a great but simple idea. I need to task dyl with making one for erin!

  11. I love this simple yet so effective idea! Its great :-)

  12. What a great idea!

  13. That’s a great idea, looks so simple too

  14. what a great craft project

  15. This is so effective – it looks fab!

  16. This is such a gorgeous idea. I love how cheery the rainbow coloured ribbons make it.

  17. That’s so sweet. I might try making one without the use of a stapler though, haven’t got one of those in my craft box!

  18. Love it! We would love to do that. Thank you!

  19. Such a great idea! So easy to make but effective and fun!

  20. I love your words surrounding this as much as the ideas. The photos too are so colourful and fun; full of life. So special, and yet so simple. The way you explain how it can be done with younger and/or older kids is so thoughtful and insightful. Even me (terrified of craft) could do this.
    Liska xx

    • Emma "My Little 3 and Me" Smith says:

      Awww Liska, what lovely things to say. Thank you. And give it a go…I promise this is sooo simple anyone could do it! :-)

  21. Never thought of using a bottle – great idea!

  22. Ohhh wow this is amazing .x

  23. I love the look of these, the ribbons dancing in the wind are so pretty – I would even play with it myself (for the kids benefit of course ;) )

  24. I love it!! It is so simple and so fun! And it’s recycled which is important. I will make one for my Mr Frog for sure!

  25. We have constant winds around here, so this is definitely something that will be well received.

  26. This is a great idea and I love your photos :)

  27. Emmy would love this! Must try.

  28. These are so beautiful! I love the ribbons blowing around!

  29. This is so lovely and we have a huge box of ribbons so can try this soon. Pinned!

  30. Adorable idea! I love your rainbow theme lately! Thank you for sharing. Pinned.

  31. This is a great idea and like you say so many ways to learn with it. I love your point at the end about the process being more important than the end product. So true. Thanks so much for sharing at the Outdoor Play Party

  32. I have a sick little guy home with me today, so we’re doing this cute craft together! Thanks for the creative idea and for entertaining us on a sick day!! :)

  33. OMG!! This is So Beautiful!!! Thnx for creating this piece of diy, will try on my kids! :)

  34. That is a quick craft and interesting. Like it.

  35. Pretty Work …

  36. Hello Emma, what a beautiful testimony of your profile! Sorry for english, need a translator to write to you, then something must be out of place.
    You have three beautiful children and sure enough, the joys of his life.

    I, like you I also think when my little girl of nearly eight years, becoming a young lady and no longer need to hold my hand … Let’s enjoying this precious time with them …

    I’m following your page. Today I shared my “Wand Soap for Maria” this idea Wind Sock. Simple and creative! Loved it!

    I also have a blog with the same name: Wand Soap for Maria, visit it will be a pleasure.

    Kisses and many blessings in your life!

    Teresinha Nolasco
    Minas Gerais/Brasil


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