These simple spinning tops are a fun craft for kids to make, and you probably have all of the materials on hand at home!
A few weeks ago, we went to our local science museum, and they had penny tops in the gift shop. They were made out of wooden disks and a penny, and I figured that we could easily make them out of cardboard.
My boys love coloring with Sharpies, and we had a great time designing these spinners! We made some of them “color mixing” spinners.
Spin the red and blue one, and you get purple!
Spin the yellow and blue one, and it makes green! With the dots it doesn’t look like solid green, but you can still see it! It looks more green in person than it does in the photo because the camera’s shutter speed was so fast.
Here’s what you need to make them:
- Cereal box cardboard
- Hot glue
- A cup for tracing a circle
- A pencil
- An X-Acto knife
Use a cup to trace a circles on cardboard. Cut out the circles. Use the X-Acto knife to make a slit in the center for the penny (adult’s job!).
Then color the tops with any design.
Attach the penny to the spinner by hot gluing it on the underside of the top. When you are finished with the tops, you can easily peel off the glue and the penny is still perfectly usable.