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Make a Game Spinner

Spinners assist in random selection board games and probability experiments. Print and color book table top spinners. Add your own numbers, letters or words to suit your own game or activity. Re purpose CD discs or cardboard. Create random events for math games and probability experiments. Fun with words and numbers, spin the spinner to select a number, color, word or phrase.

Make your own spinner to replace a lost one to favorite board games like Bingo, where random selection is part of the play.  Invent a brand new game!

Suggestions for Use of Spinners

Spin the spinner to:

  • Turn chore time into play time
  • Take the pressure off team selection
  • Play at holiday party games
  • Fund raisers
  • Baby Showers
  • Wedding parties
  • Homemade Greeting Cards
  • Respond to Questions in the Classroom
  • Home schooling
  • Assign Jobs or Duties
  • Lead a Project
  • Team Play
  • Table Topics

Construct the Number Spinner

  • Spinner: Print the number spinner on 8'1/2 x 11" card stock or glossy photo paper. Color or decorate with Crayons, markers or other art medium. Cut out both the circle and arrow parts. For a stiffer spinner, glue or paste the spinner circle onto cardboard. Laminate the spinner surface so it can be reused for a long time.
  • Base: The spinner base page can be used as-is or cut out to form a circular base for you spinner. Give your spinner durability and paste the base onto cardboard.
  • Arrow: Punch hole in the bottom end of the spinner arrow (cut out also) Punch hole in the center of the circle where the lines intersect. Insert brass brad through the arrow, through the card. Bend the brad ends to loosely hold the arrow to the card. Important: The brad needs to be loose enough to easily spin the arrow.

Note: The base is necessary especially if you cut your spinner into a circle. The additional border width allows you to hold the spinner without the arrow hitting your fingers as it turns.

Materials To Keep On Hand

Paper Trivia: Did you know that you can only fold a sheet of printer paper in half seven times? Give it a try. It doesn't matter how thick or thin the paper is, once you get to the seventh fold, the paper will not bend or budge.

Sun catchers. To create a translucent, stained glass ornaments effect, apply a bit of lemon oil to the back sides of paper ornaments to create a.

Hang the ornaments on trees, in windows, anywhere bright colorful decorations are desired.

Construct a large paper-tree for the wall with shades of green construction paper. Draw a large tree on a sheet of easel pad paper to tack onto a wall or other flat surface, then decorate with paper ornaments.

  • Types of Paper:
    • Construction - many colors
    • Copier - many colors
    • Tissue
    • Crepe
    • Cardboard
    • Cardstock - many colors
    • Tracing
    • Water-color
    • Drawing
    • Onionskin
    • Paper tubes - TP tissue, paper towel and gift-wrap
    • Foam craft sheets - many colors
    • Magnet sheets - Make refrigerator magnets
    • Stiff Stencil - Paint repeating patterns on items, embroidery, latch-hook rug patterns
    • Felt sheets - Make filled or layered ornaments
  • Some Mediums & Tools to keep handy for the creative process.
    • Colorful Markers - fine to thick point
    • Wax Crayons - stock up around school sales
    • Water color sets - and plastic tablecloths
    • Chalk - many colors
    • Colored pencils - many colors
    • Tempura finger paints - primary colors - mixing to discover is half the fun
    • Paint brushes - fine tip to standard school size child's brush size at least.
    • Straws - paper not plastic
    • Tooth picks - age appropriate
    • Sponges - cut into shapes or purchase for blotting paint shapes
    • Needlepoint, embroidery thread and stretcher hoops
    • Puffy paint and glitter - to draw words, images and shapes on cloth
    • Wine corks
    • Celluclay - A handy pulverized paper product that resembles clay for paper mache'
    • Modeling clay - reusable, come in colors, good for making molds
    • Pottery clay - Only if you expect to use a kiln
    • Silicon molds and release spray
    • Wooden shapes - to paint for ornaments and gifts
    • Decal sheets for window decals
    • Cloth scrap pieces left overs from sewing
    • Clay modeling tools - ll sorts, combs, forks, dental picks, anything to make interesting cuts and patterns
    • Plain tee shirts