Fidget Toys



person using black fidget spinner

It’s good to fidget!

Here is a fun activity to make your own fidget spinner out of recycled materials. Also, if you want an alternative you can also make a squeeze ball. Fidgeting is something we all do and is not a way of being disruptive but a way for individuals to release excess energy.

For the Spinner

  • Thick cardboard
  • scissors
  • 3 pennies
  • toothpick
  • glue

For the squeeze ball

  • Balloons
  • Pens
  • Cornflour
  • Yarn (Optional)


For Spinner 

Step 1

Find the spinner templates below or you can free hand the shape if you do not have a printer. Trace the shape on the cardboard.

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traced spinner

Step 2

Cut out the shape of the fidget spinner and the template as you will need it to find the centre of the spinner. Now would be a good time to start decorating your spinner.

cut out spinner

Step 3

Following this, fold the paper cut out down the middle both sides to find the centre of the spinner.

Step 4

Next, poke a hole with a toothpick in between the lines that meet the fold. Then, cut out two small circles and poke two small holes in the centre.

circle for middle of spinner- size of coin

Step 5

Get your toothpick and pierce the centre of spinner with one of the circle cut-outs attached. Then, slide on the other circle onto the back of the toothpick.

Step 6

Add glue to both ends of the circles and place the complete spinner in a cup to hold it and help it dry.

fidget spinner held at the top of cup to dry complete fidget spinner

For Stress ball

Step 1

Funnel some self-raising flour or any flour you have into a sandwich bag. This is in case the balloons splits that the bag will prevent the flour from going everywhere.

bag of flour tied knot

Step 2

Cut the top of the balloon off. Then, carefully place the bag of flour into the balloon and tie a knot at the top.

cut off top of balloon place bag of flour inside balloon and tie up

Step 3

Decorate the balloon making your balloon into a character. Finally, you are finished. Have fun playing around and squeezing your need stress ball.

decorated stress balloon

Take it further

If you liked crafting why not try some other crafting activities on the website such as bouquet of flowers or make your own beanbag.


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