DIY Fidget Spinner

Georgia's photo by Georgia on the 13th of July 2017

We know, we know – those fidget spinners are not the most loved items around for teachers at the moment! However, what if you could create a science lesson that allowed your students to not just play with the spinners but create their own and discover the science behind them?

What You'll Need:

Step One – Creating your pieces

Stick your templates onto strong card. The template fits 4 spinners perfectly onto our White Carboard Squares. Cut the spinner pieces out and decorate. Each student will need one spinner and two extra circles.

Step Two – Punching holes

Use a box cutter to carefully poke a hole through the centre of each of the 2 circles, as well as the centre of the fidget spinner itself. Make sure the hole in the spinner’s circle is large enough so that a paper fastener will fit through unhindered and the spinner will spin freely.

Step Three – Attaching the magnets

Place a circle magnet or coin on the end of each of the spinner’s arms and attach with glue dots. Press fimly for a strong hold.

Step Four – Assembling the fidget spinner

Layer the 3 pieces so the spinner is in between the 2 circles and then push your paper fastener through the centre holes that you created. Bend back the ends of the paper fastener firmly whilst still allowing easy movement for the fidget spinner.

It's time to spin!

This idea contains magnets that are not recommended for children under the age of 3. Adult supervision is recommended when children are completing this idea. WARNING! This toy contains magnets or magnetic components. Magnets sticking together or becoming attached to a metallic object inside the human body can cause serious or fatal injury. Seek immediate medical help if magnets are swallowed or inhaled.

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