Homemade twister game

Updated July 20, 2017

Twister remains a beloved childhood game that both families and friends love to play. The hilarity comes in trying to contort your body to get your hands and feet to the right circles without any other part of your body touching the ground. While many choose to buy a boxed kit of the mat and spinner needed to play Twister, a homemade version can be made just as simply.

Preschoolers Indoor Twister

Twister is an excellent game for teaching preschoolers their colours and shapes. Cut out large circles from red, green, yellow and blue construction paper and tape evenly on the floor. A homemade spinner can quickly be made from colouring small circles on a paper plate and attaching an arrow with a brass paper fastener. Designate one child to spin and watch as all the other children race to put their foot or hand on the right colour. Instead of cutting out all circles, use other shapes such as squares, hearts, ovals and so on to help the children work on identifying shapes as well. Another advantage of making your homemade twister game is you can make the playing area as large as you wish so your preschoolers can play freely without being knocked over. Laminating the shapes will keep the game more durable for multiple playings. As students are able, start using the terms "left" and "right" to teach them how to distinguish the two.

Children Indoor Twister

Older children can make a more personalised twister mat by decorating their own coloured circles. Have each child decorate four circles alike. Choosing a theme such as animals will help simplify the spinner when ready to play. The announcer or spinner can call out which foot or hand and animal to play. For an educational twist, the teacher can place vocabulary words or math answers on the coloured circles. The teacher or announcer can call out which foot or hand plus the vocabulary definition or mental math problem to find.

Outdoor Twister

On a beautiful summer day, play twister underneath the sprinklers. Set up a large black tarp that can be bolted into the ground at the four corners. Paint the circles in red, green, yellow and blue paint and let dry. Play with it as is or turn on the sprinklers to see if you can keep from falling down when slippery.

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About the Author

Rebecca Bagwell is an educator with a bachelor's degree in secondary education from Trinity Baptist College. She has taught in China and the United States. While overseas she started writing articles in 2006 for bilingual trade journals. Now, she lives in the South where she homeschools and writes freelance articles encouraging creative approaches to education.