How to Make a Kids Spinning Top

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How to Make a Kids Spinning Top
Kids will have a ball making and playing with this spinning top. (spinning colours image by Yali Shi from

According to patent and other history records, spinning tops are one of the oldest children's toys that we know about. These colourful, hypnotic discs have entertained adults and kids alike in countries and cultures all over the world for thousands of years. Homemade twirling tops are easy to make and enjoy, with just a few basic supplies needed to craft one at the kitchen table.

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Things you need

  • Pencil
  • Glass
  • White cardstock
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Ruler
  • 2 compasses
  • Colourful markers

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  1. 1

    Place the drinking glass on the white cardstock and trace around the base with the pencil to draw a circle onto the card. Then draw another circle using the glass onto the piece of cardboard.

  2. 2

    Use the scissors to cut out the circles out and then use the ruler to divide the cardstock circle into three equal-sized, pie-shaped pieces. Colour each of the pieces a different colour with the markers.

  3. 3

    Glue the two discs together, making certain that the colourful side of the circle faces up. Make a hole in the middle of the circle using the compass. The hole needs to be big enough to fit a pencil through it.

  4. 4

    Position the pencil through the hole, making certain that the tip faces down and the colour wheel is faces up. The eraser part of the pencil will be at the top. Slide the circle approximately 1/3 of the way up the pencil.

  5. 5

    Spin the colourful circular card on the pencil tip by positioning the top of the pencil between your palms, keeping your hands flat together. Roll the pencil between your palms and release the spinning disc.

Tips and warnings

  • Use this basic blueprint and your imagination to make different coloured and sized spinning tops.
  • Make sure to use a wooden pencil and not a mechanical pencil!

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