This colorful windsock project is a fantastic exercise in creative mark making. Little artists’ compositions are transformed into magical windsocks perfect for hanging in the backyard or on the patio.


  • Card-stock OR Poster-board cut in half horizontally
  • Variety of mark making tools:
    • Paint Sticks
    • Liquid Watercolor
    • Markers
    • Crayons
    • Colored Pencils
    • Dotters
  • Stapler
  • Crate Paper
  • Scissors
  • Single Hole Punch
  • Ribbon or Yarn

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  1. To begin, lay the card-stock or half sheet of poster-board in front of your little artist. Set out all the mark making materials within easy reach. Encourage your little artist to make a variety of squiggles, dots, and shapes on the paper with each of the materials. Can they make crazy lines, or would they rather create a pattern or a picture?
  2. After your little artist has filled the page with colors, shapes, and lines, roll the paper into a cylinder and staple it together (this is grown-up work).
  3. Punch 2 holes at the top of the cylinder and thread a piece of yarn or ribbon through to create a loop from which to hang the windsock.
  4. Help your little artist cut or tear strips of colorful crate paper and/or ribbon. Staple each to the bottom of the windsock.
  5. Hang the windsock outside and watch it blow in the wind.


  • You can use any type of paper, but I find card-stock and poster-board hold up better in the wind.
  • Create multiple windsocks and hang throughout your house or yard for beautiful springtime decorations.


Sky Color (Creatrilogy) by [Reynolds, Peter H.]Before or after your wind sock project, read the book Sky Color by Peter H. Reynolds together with your little artist.

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