Easy DIY Magnetic Spinner

How to Make an Inexpensive Magnetic Spinner


Do your students have trouble using spinners? I see lots of great math and literacy games out there using spinners but I usually pass them by in favor of my old standby- the pocket die.

Spinners can be challenging if they are introduced too soon. Using a spinner requires more fine motor strength and dexterity than most young children are ready for at four years of age. At some point in the year though, when they are ready, I like to introduce spinners.

Magnetic spinner supplies

To reduce frustration and increase the ease of spinning I decided to solve the problem and create my own spinner. The materials I used are pictured below and I have also listed them for you here.

Supplies

  • One stove burner cover
  • A tube of my favorite glue- E6000
  • One magnet dot
  • Spinner

(Disclosure) Amazon links included below for your convenience.

Directions for Making a Magnetic Game Spinner


This is so easy it requires very little explanation. First, I attached a magnet dot to the back of the spinner using E6000 glue. Next, I used the beginning sounds wheel from my Jack in the Beanstalk literacy packet and placed it in the center of the stove burner cover. The magnet on the back of the spinner secures the game board to the burner cover and also raises the spinner high enough off the board to make spinning easier.

easy diy magnetic spinner

You can use this easy DIY spinner for any literacy or math center activity. My stove burner cover was a little big but I like how it provides a very clear boundary for the spinner. The burner cover is also very portable and lightweight so students can pass it around if needed.

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About Vanessa Levin

Vanessa is the creator of Pre-K Pages and author of the book A Fabulous First Year and Beyond: A Practical Guide for Pre-K and Kindergarten Teachers. She has more than two decades of teaching experience and enjoys helping kids and teachers through her professional development sessions. Follow Vanessa on Facebook, Google +, Twitter and Pinterest.

Comments

  1. Brenda says:

    I love this. Very clever and you can change the picture psrt so easily. Thank you.

    • V. Levin says:

      Hi Brenda, I’m so glad you found this idea useful, thanks for stopping by to let me know :)

  2. Great idea Vanessa. We’ve made a lazy Susan spinner but I like this idea, too.

  3. Heidi Butkus says:

    That looks like a really great idea for making a spinner that is raised up a little bit! I like it!
    Heidi Butkus
    http://.heidisongs.blogspot.com

    • V. Levin says:

      Thanks Heidi! Do your kids have problems with spinners too or is it just me?

  4. Karen @ PreKinders says:

    You’re so inventive – neat idea! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Deborah says:

    So many great uses for this! Awesome:)

  6. Heidi Butkus says:

    When we play with spinners as a group, we always use a big wooden spinner from ReallyGoodStuff.com that looks like a roulette wheel! So they have no trouble spinning that one! All they do is push it!
    But yes, when they need individual spinners, they do have a bit of trouble spinning them. It’s probably a bigger problem in PK than in K, I bet!
    Heidi
    http://heidisongs.blogspot.com

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