Monday, September 29, 2014

Make Your Own Spinners - A Tutorial

Last night, I posted this picture on Instagram.  Someone requested that I share how I made these fun spinners that I made to practice color words.  Warning:  This post is very picture heavy.  :)  {I'm showing a new spinner that I am made for a 3D shapes game I'm in the process of making.  The color words spinner was made using the exact same process.}


I started by opening up PowerPoint and making a 5x5 inch square for the base of the spinner.  I then filled it with an orange digital paper.  


Next, I added two different fraction circles and sized them to 4.5 x 4.5 inches.  Each fraction circle had four different sections.   {Please note that you can find fraction circle clip art on Teachers Pay Teachers if you want more or less sections.}



Next, I filled one of the circles with a color and made sure the other had no fill.


Then, I placed the circle with no fill on top of the colored circle and grouped them.


Finally, I placed the circle on top of the square base and added the information I wanted on my spinner.


I was finished with my spinner in PowerPoint, so I printed it off, laminated it and cut it out.


Now that the spinner is made and printed out, you can do one of two things.  The first thing you can do is use the trusted pencil and paperclip trick that we all know and love deal with.  {Thanks to my son for demonstrating this.}


The other way is my preferred way - using game spinners.  The spinners I am using are a few years old.  I bought them from Really Good Stuff, but I looked tonight and they are no longer available.


However, I did find some spinners on Amazon if you are interested.  {Click the picture to check them out.}

http://www.amazon.com/School-Specialty-Plastic-Game-Spinners/dp/B002GJFAKS/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

Ok, back to my project.  I grabbed my trusty Cropodile from my scrapbooking room to punch out the middle of the card to place the spinner.  I put one hole in the middle and then punched around that hole until it was large enough for the back to go through.



I then placed the top of the spinner onto the back and tried it out.  {My husband was very proud of his picture of the spinner spinning.  ;)  }




I hope you enjoyed my little process of how I made my spinners.  I know there are tons of great spinner games on Teachers Pay Teachers, but sometimes you need one that's not available.  I highly recommend you try making your own sometime.  It's definitely worth the effort.  My Kinders loved using the color words spinners today during literacy centers!

2 comments:

  1. Thank you. I like to learn new things to make.

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    1. You're welcome! Thanks for stopping by!

      Amy

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