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How to make paper spinners that teach kids about colors

These paper spinners are a great way to teach kids about colors. They use primary colors that spin to create the illusion of secondary colors. Plus it uses construction paper, so it’s a quick and inexpensive craft for kids.

Paper Spinners

These paper spinners are made with construction paper and are perfect for teaching colors to kindergarteners.

When you make these paper spheres in primary colors and then give them a spin, you’ll see the secondary color that the colors make. It’s a fun and educational activity that kids will love!

Paper spinner - spinning

You can use these origami spinners for a variety of reasons. They are perfect for playing with and imaginative play.

  • Hang them in your playroom or classroom.
  • Use them to decorate at a party.
  • Toss them around to work on gross motor skills.

Why do we love crafting with construction paper?

Why do we love paper crafts? Because they secretly teach so many important skills for kids.

  • Fine motor skills
  • Cutting practice
  • Following instructions
  • Colors
  • Counting
  • and more!

If you’re looking for more ways to inspire your kids, check out our construction paper book!

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Paper Spinner Craft. Text Reads: "Primary and secondary colors. Paper spinners"

Tips for creating this kindergarten color craft:

These spinners are very simple. But here are some tips to help you along the way.

  • You can make them larger so that when you spin them, the whole class will see!
  • Mix up the colors. Let your kids experiment to see what two colors will turn into.
  • If you are crafting with a large group, try cutting the pieces ahead of time.
Yield: 3 paper spinners

Primary Color Spinners

paper spinner - sitting

Use construction paper to create this primary color spinner craft! Mix 2 colors at a time to introduce the idea of secondary colors.

Active Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Difficulty Medium


  • Construction Paper - Sheet of Red, Blue, and Yellow
  • Yarn


  • Circle Shape to Trace.
  • Pencil
  • Glue Stick
  • Scissors


  1. Trace circles onto the construction paper. You will need 6 circles of each color to make all 3 spinners.In process picture of a paper spinner
  2. Cut out all of your primary color circles.In process picture of a paper spinner
  3. Separate the circles. For one spinner you will need 2 colors and 3 circles for each color.In process picture of a paper spinner
  4. Fold all of your circles in half. Like tacos!In process picture of a paper spinner
  5. Glue all of your half circles together into a stack. Alternating between colors.In process picture of a paper spinner
  6. Add more glue on the flat side of your color stack and center the yarn on the glue. In process picture of a paper spinner
  7. Add glue to the outer half circles and pinch them all together. In process picture of a paper spinner
  8. Fan out your circle to create a sphere.paper spinner - sitting
  9. Grab both ends of yarn and twist to see the colors start to blend together.Paper spinner - spinning
  10. Repeat with the rest of your color combinations to create 3 fun primary color spinners.paper spinner - sitting

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