How to make a whirlygig

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How to make a whirlygig

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Make a simple whirly gig toy from recycled cardboard and our printable template. This is a fun STEM craft idea for kids of all ages, inspired by a classic which has been around for centuries.

You might have heard of whirlygigs before – they’ve been around for generations. Some people call them spinners.

How to make a whirlygig

Apparently even the Native Americans had their own version of this toy as early as 500BC, and they were also popular back in the great depression using old buttons or similar as the centre piece when kids didn’t have many manufactured toys.

Whirlygigs are very easy to make, almost too easy, and kids will love to watch the patterns twirl and whirl around. Our printable template gives you a few different patterns as well as a blank one so kids can get creative and design their own.

I’m also VERY excited to announce that I have made my first ever video tutorial! I won’t tell you how long it took to me put this thing together , and there are also some written instructions with pictures if you scroll down a bit.

OK, let’s get started on the craft.

• A scrap of heavy recycled cardboard

How to make a whirlygig

• Our printable whirlygig pattern template

Print out your templates and choose which two patterns you’d like to use best.

Glue one piece onto your recycled cardboard scrap, cut around it with the scissors, and then glue the second pattern onto the reverse. Poke two small holes in the whirlygig with the kitchen skewer and thread the string through, tying in a knot once done.

That’s all! Now just twirl and whirl.

The girls both had a turn at designing their own version too using the blank template.

How to make a whirlygig

• Make a from milk bottle lids

• s are a fun idea for pretend play

• Make some yummy-looking for toy tea parties

• Make some fun from sponges and duct tape

• Make a from toilet rolls and duct tape

How to make a whirlygig

• Upcycle an old cereal box into a fun dinosaur

For lots more DIY toys and crafty play ideas visit my board on Pinterest

They are so fun, aren’t they!

Can this be any kinda of string?

How long do you cut string? Into two pieces?

How to make a whirlygig

Can I use paper plates as it is for 600 people and I can’t cut that much cardboard?

Also, want children to design each side

You could maybe get away with small paper plates, I haven’t tried it before so I’d try it on one before you get 600 and set it up for all those people. There is a blank version in the printable for kids to design their own but it does need to be stuck down on cardboard and cut to size. In the olden days they used buttons, or round things with holes already in them to make these from.

The string needs to ba a comfortable width to hold between your two hands when doubled over, so cut one and then use it to measure the rest.

This was made on the last snow day with my granddaughter…thank you for reminding me about this one, with your very well made video tutorial.

How to make a whirlygig

Awesome! Thanks for your lovely feedback, it has mad my day

Crafty ideas for kids and parents

You are here: / / How to make a whirlygig

This post may contain affiliate links. I may receive commissions for purchases made through links in this post at no cost to you.

Make a simple whirly gig toy from recycled cardboard and our printable template. This is a fun STEM craft idea for kids of all ages, inspired by a classic which has been around for centuries.

How to make a whirlygig

You might have heard of whirlygigs before – they’ve been around for generations. Some people call them spinners.

Apparently even the Native Americans had their own version of this toy as early as 500BC, and they were also popular back in the great depression using old buttons or similar as the centre piece when kids didn’t have many manufactured toys.

Whirlygigs are very easy to make, almost too easy, and kids will love to watch the patterns twirl and whirl around. Our printable template gives you a few different patterns as well as a blank one so kids can get creative and design their own.

I’m also VERY excited to announce that I have made my first ever video tutorial! I won’t tell you how long it took to me put this thing together , and there are also some written instructions with pictures if you scroll down a bit.

OK, let’s get started on the craft.

How to make a whirlygig

• A scrap of heavy recycled cardboard

• Our printable whirlygig pattern template

Print out your templates and choose which two patterns you’d like to use best.

Glue one piece onto your recycled cardboard scrap, cut around it with the scissors, and then glue the second pattern onto the reverse. Poke two small holes in the whirlygig with the kitchen skewer and thread the string through, tying in a knot once done.

That’s all! Now just twirl and whirl.

How to make a whirlygig

The girls both had a turn at designing their own version too using the blank template.

• Make a from milk bottle lids

• s are a fun idea for pretend play

• Make some yummy-looking for toy tea parties

• Make some fun from sponges and duct tape

How to make a whirlygig

• Make a from toilet rolls and duct tape

• Upcycle an old cereal box into a fun dinosaur

For lots more DIY toys and crafty play ideas visit my board on Pinterest

They are so fun, aren’t they!

Can this be any kinda of string?

How to make a whirlygig

How long do you cut string? Into two pieces?

Can I use paper plates as it is for 600 people and I can’t cut that much cardboard?

Also, want children to design each side

You could maybe get away with small paper plates, I haven’t tried it before so I’d try it on one before you get 600 and set it up for all those people. There is a blank version in the printable for kids to design their own but it does need to be stuck down on cardboard and cut to size. In the olden days they used buttons, or round things with holes already in them to make these from.

The string needs to ba a comfortable width to hold between your two hands when doubled over, so cut one and then use it to measure the rest.

How to make a whirlygig

This was made on the last snow day with my granddaughter…thank you for reminding me about this one, with your very well made video tutorial.

Awesome! Thanks for your lovely feedback, it has mad my day

Crafty ideas for kids and parents

You are here: / / How to make a whirlygig

This post may contain affiliate links. I may receive commissions for purchases made through links in this post at no cost to you.

How to make a whirlygig

Make a simple whirly gig toy from recycled cardboard and our printable template. This is a fun STEM craft idea for kids of all ages, inspired by a classic which has been around for centuries.

You might have heard of whirlygigs before – they’ve been around for generations. Some people call them spinners.

Apparently even the Native Americans had their own version of this toy as early as 500BC, and they were also popular back in the great depression using old buttons or similar as the centre piece when kids didn’t have many manufactured toys.

Whirlygigs are very easy to make, almost too easy, and kids will love to watch the patterns twirl and whirl around. Our printable template gives you a few different patterns as well as a blank one so kids can get creative and design their own.

I’m also VERY excited to announce that I have made my first ever video tutorial! I won’t tell you how long it took to me put this thing together , and there are also some written instructions with pictures if you scroll down a bit.

How to make a whirlygig

OK, let’s get started on the craft.

• A scrap of heavy recycled cardboard

• Our printable whirlygig pattern template

Print out your templates and choose which two patterns you’d like to use best.

Glue one piece onto your recycled cardboard scrap, cut around it with the scissors, and then glue the second pattern onto the reverse. Poke two small holes in the whirlygig with the kitchen skewer and thread the string through, tying in a knot once done.

How to make a whirlygig

That’s all! Now just twirl and whirl.

The girls both had a turn at designing their own version too using the blank template.

• Make a from milk bottle lids

• s are a fun idea for pretend play

• Make some yummy-looking for toy tea parties

How to make a whirlygig

• Make some fun from sponges and duct tape

• Make a from toilet rolls and duct tape

• Upcycle an old cereal box into a fun dinosaur

For lots more DIY toys and crafty play ideas visit my board on Pinterest

They are so fun, aren’t they!

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