Fidget spinners are the latest fad for teenage boys. This year’s hottest toy was originally designed to help kids with ADHD, autism or anxiety stay focused in the classroom. Now they are banned in high schools across the country. Educators claim they are doing the opposite of what they were originally intended and are a distraction in class.
That said, kids love them. If you are looking for a non-screen related activity to do with your teenager, try making a fidget spinner or two together. He might actually get into it. Just make sure he doesn’t take it to school.
- hot glue gun and several glue sticks
- cardboard (can be a piece from a box or cereal box)
- stencil or template of fidget spinner
- model magic clay or modeling clay
- one ball bearing (my son got his from his old skateboard)
- nail polish
- 2 small pom poms or a piece of felt
- glue or glue stick
- Print out template of fidget spinner. Press here to get one. Cut it out.
- Glue cut-out spinner template onto a piece of cardboard.
- Cut out cardboard template with a pair of scissors or box knife.
- Get about a tennis ball size of model magic or clay and flatten clay into 1/2 inch thick piece of clay that’s bigger than the template.
- Press the cardboard template into the clay so it makes about a 1/2″ mold.
- Remove paper template and press ball bearing into center of form.
- Plug glue gun into an outlet and wait until it’s warmed up. Fill the imprint with glue. It will probably take several stick. Be careful to go around ball bearing not over it otherwise the fidget spinner won’t spin. Fill to top of mold.
- After glue hardens in a couple of minutes gently remove spinner from clay. You can do any touch-ups with the glue gun.
- Glue a small pom pom to each side of the center of the ball bearing.
- Paint spinner with nail polish and allow to dry.
- Now you’re ready to spin.
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