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Make a Game Spinner

Spinners assist in random selection board games and probability experiments. Print and color book table top spinners. Add your own numbers, letters or words to suit your own game or activity. Re purpose CD discs or cardboard. Create random events for math games and probability experiments. Fun with words and numbers, spin the spinner to select a number, color, word or phrase.

Make your own spinner to replace a lost one to favorite board games like Bingo, where random selection is part of the play.  Invent a brand new game!

Suggestions for Use of Spinners

Spin the spinner to:

  • Turn chore time into play time
  • Take the pressure off team selection
  • Play at holiday party games
  • Fund raisers
  • Baby Showers
  • Wedding parties
  • Homemade Greeting Cards
  • Respond to Questions in the Classroom
  • Home schooling
  • Assign Jobs or Duties
  • Lead a Project
  • Team Play
  • Table Topics

Construct the Number Spinner

  • Spinner: Print the number spinner on 8'1/2 x 11" card stock or glossy photo paper. Color or decorate with Crayons, markers or other art medium. Cut out both the circle and arrow parts. For a stiffer spinner, glue or paste the spinner circle onto cardboard. Laminate the spinner surface so it can be reused for a long time.
  • Base: The spinner base page can be used as-is or cut out to form a circular base for you spinner. Give your spinner durability and paste the base onto cardboard.
  • Arrow: Punch hole in the bottom end of the spinner arrow (cut out also) Punch hole in the center of the circle where the lines intersect. Insert brass brad through the arrow, through the card. Bend the brad ends to loosely hold the arrow to the card. Important: The brad needs to be loose enough to easily spin the arrow.

Note: The base is necessary especially if you cut your spinner into a circle. The additional border width allows you to hold the spinner without the arrow hitting your fingers as it turns.