How to make a paper spinning top

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How to make a paper spinning top

Spinning tops have been around for hundreds of years, but their simplistic construction and ease-of-use are timeless fun for adults and kids alike. This toy that can be made several different ways from various materials, all you need is a circular body, a pointed bottom and a handle to twist. To make this particular spinning top, all you need is a few inexpensive craft supplies and a little creativity.

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Things you need

  • Pencil
  • Felt or marker or crayons or poster paint
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Cut a circle out of the construction paper. The circle should be 3 inches in diameter.

  2. 2

    Decorate the circle with a fun design. You can use crayons or markers, or poster paint to make a colourful image or pattern. Squiggly lines drawn from the centre of the circle to the edges looks very cool when the top spins.

  3. 3

    Take the pencil and use the point to poke a hole in the centre of the paper circle.

  4. 4

    Push the pencil through the hole in the paper so that the point pokes out just an inch or less on the other side. If the paper circle is sliding, use some tape or blue tack to hold it in place above the point of the pencil.

Tips and warnings

  • Be careful when spinning the top, as it will leave pencil marks on whatever surface it spins on.

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