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Level: Primary, Junior, Middle School
Grades: K-8 | Age: 5-14 | Written by: Written by: C. Schilling
[C. is an art educator at Kadena Arts and Crafts in Okinawa.]

Students will learn about Japanese windsocks as they create a windsock using a paper bag.

What You Need:
What You Do:
  1. Cut the bottom out of a brown paper bag and then open it up, separating at the bags seam until you have one large piece of paper.
  2. On the top 1/4 to 1/3 of bag, (eyeball it), have the students draw/scribble an abstract, freeform design. Encourage them to cross over their own lines to create open spaces.
  3. Have them color in the open spaces with the primary colors, alternating the colors so that yellow never touches yellow, etc.
  4. On remaining 3/4 or 2/3, cut up from the bottom of the bag to 2" below the design, creating strips or tails about 2" wide and the length of the bag.
  5. Roll bag into a cyliner shape and staple or tape closed. Punch four holes in the design end, two on each side and tie a 1 foot piece of string into each hole.
  6. Knot all four strings together and hang up for decoration.
  7. The windsock will resemble an Octopus when done!

Recommended Books/Products:

Wind Toys That Spin, Sing, Twirl & Whirl
by: Cindy Burda
Wind chimes, windsocks, banners, whirligigs, mobiles and wind vanes.

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