DIY Fidget Spinner

Give this easy diy fidget spinner a try if you are looking for an activity to do with the kids or for yourself.  Whether or not fidget spinners help with ADHD, they’ve become a popular toy.  If you come across one for the first time, you can’t help but pick it up for a whirl.

I first heard about it from my husband who showed it off to me and just about everyone who’s come to visit.  So since Father’s Day was coming up, the kids and I decided to make a couple of DIY fidget spinners for him.  I used this homemade playdough recipe and ordered the fidget spinner bearings online.

Materials

homemade playdough

rolling pin

figet spinner

box cutter

fidget spinner bearings

embellishments

hot glue gun

Directions

Take a ball of dough and roll it out with the rolling pin to about 1/4″ thick.  Place a fidget spinner case or the actual spinner on the dough and cut out the shape with the box cutter.  If you don’t have a fidget spinner, cut out a triangle and round off the edges for a different look that still works.

Remove the dough from around the cutout.

Place three pennies, one on each end of the shape and press them into the dough.  Cut out the center to make room for the bearing.

Roll out three small balls of dough and flatten them to cover the pennies later.  We added fish to this one since our daddy loves fishing.

Next, let them dry completely.  They can be air dried but it will take several days.  Or, you can place them in a 200°F oven for 10 minutes.  You’ll want to turn off the oven and let the pieces sit overnight to dry.

Use the hot glue gun to attach the tops to the pennies on the fidget spinner.  You may need to add a little hot glue around the outside of the spinner to keep it in place.  You can seal your fidget spinner with varnish to keep it longer.  Have fun customizing your own fidget spinners.

 

 

 

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Homemade Playdough

Homemade playdough is an easy activity you can do with the kids.  I made this for my toddler and she had fun discovering the texture and colors.  It might have made me the favorite parent while it lasted since she is a daddy’s girl.  Not only is it easy to make, the ingredients are non-toxic.

All the ingredients are edible if your little one is curious enough to sneak a piece.  There are recipes where you can add scents or use Kool Aid but I wanted to keep it simple so my daughter would be less likely to eat it.

This is great if you are looking for some good old-fashioned fun in this day and age of technology.

Ingredients

2 cups all purpose flour

1 cup salt

4 teaspoons cream of tartar

2 cups water

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

gel food coloring

Directions

Place all the ingredients in a saucepan and stir to combine.

On medium heat, continue stirring until the dough starts to pull away from the sides of the pan.

Remove the dough onto a cutting board or counter top and knead.  Roll the dough into a ball and divide into four equal portions.  Add in a different food color to each portion and knead.  Store in an airtight container and it will last for months.

 

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