Call us crazy, but we don’t think there’s a single occasion that can’t be improved by a spinner wheel. Lessons? Yes. Meetings? Yes. Funerals? Maybe…
Spinner wheels are beloved by all for the excitement, colour and sound they bring wherever they’re spun. So how can you make a spinner wheel game that gets your students, colleagues or funeral attendees jumping for joy?
In 2 simple steps…
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1. Creating your Spinner
Whether you’re looking to make a spinner wheel game offline or online, there are several ways to go about it.
4 Ways to Make a DIY Spinner Wheel
The spinner centre is the fun part here, and we’ll get there in a minute. But first you’ll need to create your paper wheel. Just grab yourself a pencil and a big piece of paper or card.
If you’re going for a large wheel (in general, the larger the better), then you may want to draw your circle around the base of a plant pot or a dart board. If you’re going for smaller, then a protractor will do just fine.
Cut out your circle and divide it into equal segments using a ruler. In each segment, write or draw your wheel options at the edge of the wheel, so that your spinner doesn’t obscure the option when it lands on it.
- A pin and a paperclip (most effective way) – Put a pin through the narrow oval of a paper clip, then push it into the centre of your paper or card wheel. Make sure the pin isn’t pushed all the way in, or your paperclip will struggle to spin!
- Fidget spinner (most fun way) – Use Blu Tack to stick a fidget spinner to the centre of your wheel. Use a good clump of Blu Tack to ensure that your spinner has sufficient lift-off from the wheel to be able to spin freely. Also, don’t forget to mark one of the three arms of your fidget spinner to make it clear which side is pointing.
- Pencil through paper (easiest way) – This one couldn’t be simpler. Just pierce the centre of the wheel with a pencil and spin the whole thing. Even kids can make one, but the results might be somewhat underwhelming.
- Complicated cardboard contraption (most exciting way) – Honestly, there’s too much going on to explain here. Just watch this video.
How to Make a Spinner Wheel Online
If you’re looking for more convenient, immediate equipment for your spinner wheel game, there’s a whole world of online spinner wheels waiting to be discovered.
Online spinner wheels are generally a lot more convenient, easier to use and share, and quicker to set up…
- Choose your online spinner wheel.
- Fill in your wheel entries.
- Change your settings.
If you’re playing your spinner wheel game online, then you’ll need to share your screen over Zoom or other video calling software. Once you’re done, press ‘spin’, play your game and shower your winner in virtual confetti!
DIY Spinner Wheel vs Online Spinner Wheel
|DIY Spinner Pros ✓||DIY Spinner Cons ✗|
|Fun to create||More effort to make|
|Completely customisable||Not easy to edit|
|Can only be used in a physical space|
|Must be duplicated manually|
|Online Spinner Pros ✓||Online Spinner Cons ✗|
|Create in seconds||Hard to customise the look|
|Easy to edit||Not 100% bug-proof|
|Works for virtual hangouts and lessons|
|Comes with built-in sounds and celebrations|
|Can be duplicated in one click|
|Can embed into presentations|
|Players can join on their phones|
2. Choosing your Game
With your spinner wheel set up, the next step to make a spinner wheel game is establishing the rules of the game you’ll be playing.
Struggling for ideas? Take a look at the list of 22 spinner wheel games below!
🏫 How to make a spinner wheel game to get students active and engaged with your lessons…
- Student Selector – Fill the wheel with student names and spin. Whoever it lands on must answer a question.
- Letter Picker Wheel – Spin a letter wheel and get students to give the name of an animal, country, element etc. beginning with the letter the wheel lands on.
- Money Wheel – Fill the wheel with different amounts of money. Each correct answer to a question earns that student a spin and a chance to collect money. The student with the most money at the end wins.
- Answer Raffle – Each correct answer earns a student a random number between 1 and 100 (students can collect multiple numbers). Once all the numbers are given out, spin a wheel containing numbers 1 – 100. The winner is the holder of the number the wheel lands on.
- Act it Out – Write some short scenarios on the wheel and put students into groups. Each group spins the wheel, gets a random scenario, then plans out their enactment.
- Don’t Say it! – Fill the wheel with key words and spin it. When a key word is chosen, get a student to talk about the topic for a minute without using the key word.
- Minute Spin – Fill the wheel with questions. Give each student 1 minute to spin the wheel and answer as many questions as they can.
🏢 How to make a spinner wheel game to get remote employees connected and get productive with meetings…
- Ice Breakers – Lay out some ice breaker questions on the wheel and spin. This one works best for remote workers who need to stay in touch with each other.
- Prize Wheel – The employee of the month spins a wheel and wins one of the prizes on it.
- Meeting Agenda – Fill the wheel with items from your meeting agenda. Spin it to see what order you’ll tackle them all in.
- Remote Scavenger – Fill the wheel with slightly quirky items from around the average house. Spin the wheel and see which of your remote workers can find it the quickest within their house.
- Brainstorm dump – Write a different problem on each wheel segment. Spin the wheel and give your team 2 minutes to unload all the wild and wacky ideas they can. (Believe it or not, this is actually an effective brainstorming technique!)
🎉 How to make a spinner wheel game for livening up get-togethers, both online and offline…
- Magic 8-Ball – Fill the wheel with your own magic 8-ball style responses. Get your party goers to ask questions and spin for a response.
- Truth or Dare – Write either ‘Truth’ or ‘Dare’ across the wheel. Or you could write specific Truth or Dare questions on each segment.
- Ring of Fire – Lacking playing cards? Fill the wheel with numbers 1 – 10 as well as ace, jack, queen and king. Each player spins the wheel then does an action depending on the number the wheel lands on.
- Never Have I Ever – Fill a wheel with Never Have I Ever style questions. Ask the question the wheel lands on. If a player has done 3 of the things that the wheel lands on, they’re out of the game.
- Wheel of Fortune – The classic game show on the small screen. Put different amounts of dollar rewards (or penalties) in a wheel, get players to spin, then get them to suggest letters in a hidden phrase or title. If the letter is in, the player wins the dollar reward.
For Indecisive People
🤔 How to make a spinner wheel game for people who just can’t make a decision…
- Yes or No – A really simple decision-maker that takes the role of a flipped coin. Just fill a wheel with yes and no segments.
- What’s for Dinner? – If you can manage to make a spinner wheel game when you’re feeling hungry, then fill a wheel with different food options from your local area, then spin!
- New Activities – It’s never easy to know what to do when Saturday rolls around. Fill in a wheel with new activities you’re curious about, then spin to find out which one you and your friends will do.
- Exercise Wheel – Stay healthy with a wheel that gives you short-burst exercise activities to do. 1 spin a day keeps the doctor away!
- Chore wheel – One for the parents. Fill the wheel with chores and get your kids to spin it. Time for them to earn their keep!
Tips for the Ultimate Spinner Wheel Game
- Build the suspense – Most of the attraction of a spinner wheel is in the suspense. No one knows where it will land, and that’s all part of the excitement. You can elevate this by using a wheel with colour, sound and one that slows down like a real wheel would.
- Keep it short – Don’t overload the wheel with text. Keep it as short as possible to make it easily comprehensible.
- Let the players spin – If you’re spinning the wheel yourself, it’s the same as presenting someone with a birthday cake and taking the first slice yourself. Whenever possible, let the players spin the wheel!