Did you know that I am afraid of horses? Well, maybe not afraid – but I am definitely nervous around them. They are so humongous. Once I was at a horseback riding camp when I was little and I got stepped on. My toe was purple for years and years!
A purple toe for years and years is enough to make me nervous. That’s about what it takes. But then we found our dream home which just so happened to be surrounded by horse farms. So much so in fact, that one of our fence lines is shared by a field of horses.
So I have been getting braver. I think they are beautiful and majestic looking now – from my side of the fence. But I still don’t want to go within foot stepping distance.
I have also been watching a lot of Heartland with Madeline, which I think is good for me.
And I just had to sit here silently for about 5 minutes trying to remember why I told you about my horse fear …
It’s because of Pushpins.
I am also nervous around pushpins for kind of the same reason. I stepped on one once and it hurt more than I thought possible. So I don’t like to use them.
Perhaps it is the horses, but when I thought of this craft I thought I should work on my pushpin fear too.
So we made these (ever so terrifying) Pumpkin Pinwheels!
This craft is nice and simple (minus the pushpin evoked anxiety), and turns out super cute.
We took a piece of construction paper and cut it into a smallish square.
Then Sam cut from the corners into the middle following the straight lines I drew with a ruler, leaving a quarter size circle in the middle uncut.
Then we took the left side of each triangle and folded it to the middle, overlapping them a little.
Finally, I took a great big breath and pushed a pushpin right through the middle and into a pencil. We made sure it wasn’t too pushed in so the pinwheel could still spin.
That’s it! We added a little bit of green paper to the top of the pencil to make it look like a pumpkin stem. When that baby gets spinning round and round it looks just like a pumpkin. Pretty cool. But also pretty scary.
I didn’t really think it through, because now I am in constant fear of the pushpin falling out of the pumpkin pinwheel as the boys run around with it.
In fact, I think I am going to go disassemble it right now as they sleep. It was fun for a day anyway. Baby steps.
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