Friday, 27 February 2015

PAPER SPINNING TOP





The other morning the six-year-old grabbed a piece of square cardboard and drew a spiral shape, folded it into quarters and pinched the join on the lower side and turned it into a spinning top, of sorts. It was really large and while it did spin, and create quite a cool effect with the spiral drawing, it wasn't as consistent or as fast as he wanted.

In its place we made a different type of paper spinning top. The idea was to cut strips of paper (we recycled some thin card pieces) and tape them around a cocktail stick or trimmed skewer then spin. 

YOU WILL NEED
Paper or cardboard
Ruler
Scissors
Tape
Cocktail stick or skewer

HOW-TO
1. Cut strips of paper about 1cm wide and as long as your piece of paper or card.
2. Wrap around a cocktail stick or trimmed skewer. Once you get to the end use tape to secure the next piece and repeat until there's enough weight to the top.

Tip
* For best spinning launch the spinning top by rubbing the stick between your hands, as shown above.
* You could make a batch of them and have spinning competitions.

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