Paper Games for Kids


Penny Spinner
Draw a pencil line through the center of the plate.
Draw a pencil line through the center of the plate.

The Penny Spinner will make you realize that even though one cent doesn't buy a lot, a penny can give you hours of fun. Combine it with a paper plate to transform it into a great toy.

How to Make a Penny Spinner

What You'll Need:

  • Paper plate, 6-3/4 inches
  • Scrap Paper
  • Star Stickers
  • Penny
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Craft Knife
  • Permanent Marker
  • Adult help needed

1. Use scissors to cut the rim off the plate. Keep the edges smooth. 2. To find the center of the plate, trace around the plate on a piece of paper. Cut this circle out, and fold it in half. Place the half-circle on the back of the plate, and draw a pencil line on the plate, using the folded edge as a guide.

Fold the paper in half again, making a quarter-circle. Align this with the line on the plate and the edge of the plate, and make a mark at the place where the tip of the quarter-circle meets the line. Ask a grown-up to make a 3/4-inch slit centered on this mark, using the craft knife.

Mark the center of the plate with your pencil.
Mark the center of the plate with your pencil.

3. On the front of the plate, use the marker to draw a thick spiral line that begins in the center. Scatter star stickers around the spiral.

4. Insert the penny halfway through the slit. The penny should fit snugly.

Once the penny is in place, let the Penny Spinner spin.
Once the penny is in place, let the Penny Spinner spin.

5. To play: Place the spinner on a hard, flat surface, and use the top half of the penny to give it a spin.

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