A lot of kids' games have spinners to play. Children LOVE making them spin, and they are a fun alternative to dice.
When I started making games for my classes, I searched around to see how I could make a spinner with things I had at home. It's actually really easy to do with only a few materials. And because it's so easy, you can also have kids make their own DIY game spinners in class to take home!
1. A Split-Pin and Paper Clip
This is one of the easiest and most effective ways to make a home-made spinner, and my personal favourite! Make a hole in the centre of the spinner. Take a split pin and insert it though the narrowest loop of a paper clip. Then push the split pin through the hole in the spinner.
Make sure not to push it through completely - ensure there is a small gap to allow the paper clip to spin freely. Turn the spinner over and open the two feet of the split pin to secure.
2. A Pencil
This is probably the most basic way to make a spinner! Simply poke a pencil through your card game disc and spin it like a top. The good thing about this method is it's incredibly quick and easy to make. However, I have found that the hole in the middle of the card soon starts to widen and the disc falls down, so you usually end up needing to tape it in place.
3. A Fidget Spinner (Hand Spinner)
Here's a fun idea for a DIY game spinner! Just mark one of the spokes of the fidget spinner with a sticker, paint, or a blob of play dough, sit it in the middle of your card game disc and spin.
I admit, unless you have a child at home you probably don't have many fidget spinners lying around! Having said that, they are not expensive to buy and are pretty much everywhere nowadays. The main problem with this method is that the fidget spinners can take a long time to stop spinning, especially if they're new! Using an old one would probably work better.
4. A recycled spinner
You can also make a spinner out of recycled materials! You need a plastic bottle top, an old CD, a toothpick and an clear plastic food tray (like the ones used to package ham or cheese).
Stick the CD to the bottle top, then poke a toothpick through the centre. Cut a 1.5cm x 9cm strip from the food tray, punch a hole in one end and cut an arrow shape in the other. This is the base for any spinner games you want to play - just print your game discs on card, make a small hole in the middle and slot them onto the spinner.