A wheel chart, also known as a spin chart or a circular slide chart, is a chart used to display information and shift the variable elements when necessary. For example, let's say you wanted to make a chore wheel chart for your household. The stationary part of the wheel chart would show the chores, but the shifting part could be manipulated to change whose name will line up with each chore so that you can change it as often as you like. Making a basic wheel chart is a simple process and can be used for many different purposes.
Use a compass or a template such as a dinner plate to trace a circle on a piece of cardstock or lightweight cardboard. Trace another circle, about 2 inches in diameter smaller than the first, on another piece of cardstock.
Cut out the circles. Use a ruler to trace lines on the larger circle, dividing it like a pie, into as many sections as you need. Divide the smaller circle into the same amount of sections.
Place the info in each pie-shaped section of the larger circle along the outer edges. Fill in one section at the top, then turn the circle so the next section is on top and fill that in. Continue this all the way around so that the writing at the top of the circle is right-side up to you and the writing at the bottom is upside-down to you. The information you plug in is up to you. For example, if you were doing that chore chart, you might have divided the circle into six sections, and wish to label each section with a different chore: cook dinner, wash dishes, throw out garbage, sweep floor, dust and fold laundry.
Write the variable info on the sections of the smaller circle. Use the same method by filling in the pie wedge at the top of the circle, then turning it to the next empty section on top. For example, with your chore chart, write the name of a person in your household in each section.
Make a small 1/4 inch diameter hole in the very centre of the larger circle. Be sure it is perfectly centred. Lay the smaller circle on top of the larger one and centre it. Push a page fastener through the centre of the smaller circle, so that the fasteners go through the hole of the larger circle. Spread the fasteners to hold it in place.
Spin your circle chart to adjust the variables.
Things you need
- Two pieces of heavy cardstock or lightweight cardboard
- Compass or circle templates
- Pens or markers
- Page fastener