We do love some fun STEAM projects during the different seasons and holiday celebrations. With St Patrick’s Day around the corner, I thought some quirky lottle St Patrick’s Day Paper Spinners Toys would be fun!!! Of course, I have included a blank paper spinner template, so kids and students can still create their own designs!
The best bit about these DIY Paper Spinner Toys, is that you can use them with string or turn them into paper spinners too. We like both methods, though find that often the penny spinner is easier to spin!
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Supplies needed to make a paper spinner:
- Printer & printer paper
- Card stock (a cereral box or other thin cardboard box is perfect)
- Piece of twine/ string or a penny
- Glue stick
- Pens, pencils, crayons, markers etc for decorating
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How to make your spinner toys (this is included in the printable):
You can watch the quick video instructions for the generic paper spinner toy, that is on autoplay. Or follow the the written instructions here.
- Cut out both templates so you have two paper circles.
- Glue one of the templates to the cardboard. Cut out the cardboard.
- Glue the second template on the back (it can be a different one if you wish).
- Color in if using the “design your own” versions. Or if you are using the blanks, draw your own designs. A rainbow (for color theory), shamrocks and leprechauns is fun for St Patrick’s Day!
- Make 2 holes in the centre of the cardboard circles as marked – adult supervision required. A toothpick or a needle is good for this. Thread your string through one hole, then back again from the other side. And knot. (Alternative: cut a slit and insert a penny to make it a table spinner)
- Adjust the string, so you have the same length on both size.
- Time to get “spinning”. This may take a few goes of rotating both hands, so the spinner spins across the string. Then pull tight, to make it spin back at higher speed.
As part of the STEAM investigation explore how the colors merge and see if you can create a humming noise with the spin.
I hope you enjoy these fun spinners ESPECIALLY for St Patrick’s Day. Of course, you can grab the “regular ones” here for any STEAM lesson filler here:
More St Patrick’s Day Fun Here – the dancing leprechaun paper puppet and the St Patrick’s Day Corner bookmarks also make great STEAM based projects for students to make this holiday!