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Spinning Tops

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Spinning Tops

Create your own spinning top, and explore color, shapes and spinning. This activity contains instructions for making your spinning top, and tips on how to design and decorate it.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 8

Resource Types:
Activity, Demonstration


Materials List (per student)

  • pattern
  • posterboard
  • skewer stick
  • film canister lid
  • hammer
  • nail
  • scrap board
  • goggles
  • low melt glue gun or masking tape


  • Life Sciences
    • Human Senses and Perception
      • Vision
  • Physical Sciences
    • Light and Optics
      • Sunlight and Color
    • Motion and Forces
      • Rotation Motion
    • Vibration and Waves
      • Light and Optics
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Toys


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



  • All Rights Reserved, Science Museum of Minnesota, ©1995

Funding Sources:

  • Unisys
  • Science Learning Network
  • National Science Foundation


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