DIY Spinning Top Game Boards

DIY Recycled Spinning Top Game Boards

Turn all the bottle caps and lids you collect over the summer into super fun spinning tops! Your kids will love collecting the parts from the recycling bin and creating their own game boards. This is a fun and easy craft– perfect for a summer afternoon. Let’s get started!

Note: This project is for children 3+ because of small parts.

DIY Recycled Bottle Cap Spinning Top Game Boards DIY Recycled Bottle Cap Spinning Top Game Boards

SPINNING TOPS

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Plastic bottle caps
  • Lids from drinking bottles with valve
  • Small straws
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Toothpick
  • Game pieces from Mosaic or Mastermind
  • Wooden beads (have to fit straw, toothpick and sticks)
  • Scissors
  • Reamer/punch
DIY Recycled Bottle Cap Spinning Top Game Boards

INSTRUCTIONS

Step 1

Use the reamer to make small holes in the middle of the caps. The straws and mosaic pieces have to fit tightly.

Spinning cap 1 structure: toothpick – lid – wooden bead

Spinning cap 2 structure: mosaic piece – cap – straw – wooden bead

Spinning cap 3 structure: mosaic piece – cap – lollipop stick – wooden bead

Note: The wooden beads are for stability. Some of the tops will spin fine without them.

Your spinning tops are now ready for action!

Board #1

DIY Recycled Spinning Top Game Boards

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Envelope cardboard
  • Notice paper with different colors
  • Scissors
  • 2-3 inch reamer/hole punch
  • Tape
  • Black and white markers

Instructions

  • Open up the envelope and punch some holes in it. Turn it and tape the color paper over the holes.
  • Mark the starting point in the middle. Test the board with a spinning top and mark the holes from 1-5.
DIY Recycled Spinning Top Game Boards

Rules

Start in the middle. Twirling the stem with your fingers, try to get your top into the field with the highest points.

Board #2

DIY Recycled Spinning Top Game Boards

Board #2 is made for a battle. Whoever reaches the other side first wins.

This one didn’t work the first time because spinning tops make spirals. My son found a way to play it: Begin in the start circle and then blow carefully in the direction you what the spinning top to go.

Board #3DIY Recycled Spinning Top Game Boards

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Paper in different colors
  • Circle cutter
  • Glue Stick
  • Marker black and white

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Cut 3 circles in different sizes and glue them together. Mark the start in the middle and points.
  • Make at least two for a contest.
DIY Recycled Spinning Top Game Boards

Rules

  • Start in the middle and twirl your top. Wherever your top stops determines the number of points you get.
  • This game works best with the toothpick tops.

Board #4

DIY Recycled Spinning Top Game Boards

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Lid from a box (shoebox works fine)
  • Paper, fitting the inside from the lid
  • 3 lids
  • 4 craft foam circles, small
  • 5 paper circles, 2-3 inches in different colors
  • Glue
  • Black and white markers

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Glue the circles and lid on the paper and let it dry. Mark the start in the middle and the surrounding points.

DIY Recycled Spinning Top Game BoardsRules

  • Start in the middle. Twirl the stem of your top and try to get it to the field with the highest points.
  • Tip: Use the boarders for ricocheting advantage.
  • Every spinning top has its own qualities. Try them all and find the best for each game.

DIY Recycled Spinning Top Game Boards

This easy upcycled craft is guaranteed to bring smiles!

Happy crafting :)

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