How to make outdoor spin and twist game

Get the kids outdoors with your very own outdoor spin and twist game! This family-favourite game transfers easily to your garden, with just a few simple materials needed to create your own board and spinning wheel.

Tools and materials

3M P2 Particulate Sanding And Fibreglass Valved Respirators - 2 Pack

9.3L Assorted Multipurpose Plastic Buckets with Spout (1)

Boyle 75ml Black Crafty Colour Acrylic Paint

Boyle 500ml Blueberry Blue Crafty Kid Washable Paint

Boyle 500ml Fluro Bubblegum Crafty Kid Washable Paint

Boyle 500ml Pineapple Yellow Crafty Kid Washable Paint

Boyle 500ml Snowball White Crafty Kid Washable Paint

Dy-Mark 350g Water Based Spray & Mark Paint – blue

Dy-Mark 350g Water Based Spray And Mark Paint- pink

Dy-Mark 350g Water Based Spray & Mark Paint – white

Dy-Mark 350g Water Based Spray & Mark Paint -yellow

Empire 600mm Stainless Steel Ruler

Grunt 6mm x 20m White Super Silver Rope

Handy Disposable Nitrile Gloves Black - 20 Pack

Monarch 1.5 x 1.5m Canvas Drop Sheet

Pinnacle M5 x 35mm Zinc Plated Socket Head Cap Screw - 4 Pack

Project Panel White Corflute - 1200mm x 900mm x 3mm

Protector Ultralite Clear Wraparound Safety Glasses

Sharpie Medium Black Paint Marker

Sikabond 125g Techgrip Multi Purpose Polyurethane Adhesive

Stanley 0 x 50mm Phillips Head Essentials Screwdriver

Staedtler Medium Carpenters Pencil

Trojan 240mm General Purpose Scissors

UNi-PRO 12mm You Can Do It Synthetic Wall Paint Brush

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Overview

This super-simple D.I.Y. project is bound to entertain big and little ones for hours on end, stretching, crouching and falling all over each other.

This activity involves spraying (water-based) colourful dots on a spare patch of grass, creating a temporary board that’s safe for the whole family. The versatility of the dots means you can adapt to little fingers and feet, or spread them further apart for the fully grown. You could even expand the board for larger groups of players – how it comes to life is up to you!

As the paints are water-based, you’ll want to make sure your grass is as dry as can be – and rain isn’t forecast for the next few hours. 

All you’ll need for your outdoor spin and twist game is some water-based aerosol spray paints, an old cardboard box and a few simple DIY tools.

1. Prepare the area

Using some rope, mark out the area to use as guides for your spots. You can make this outdoor game as big as you want. If you have lots of people playing, increase your area to 10 spots long by 10 spots wide. You can customise the distance between the spots to suit the size/age of the players.

 Prepare the area

2. Prepare your painting box

Draw a circle on your corflute and cut a square around it. Poke you scissors through the circle and cut that out. This will help with over spray.

Prepare your painting box.

3. Paint

Put on your safety equipment. Choose your first paint colour and shake the can. It will need a good five minutes of shaking.

Placing the corflute inside the area, spray a dot on the grass. Move your corflute up the grid to create a line of coloured dots. Repeat with the next colour, making lines of coloured dots. Once each square of your grid has a dot in it, leave to dry for at least 30 minutes.

TIP: Some residual paint may come off on hands and feet of players, but it will wash off with soap and water. The dots will last a couple of days unless washed away by water or rain.

Paint

4. Make the spinning wheel backboard

While the dots are drying, it’s time to make the spinning wheel. We’re going to use the corflute as the spinning wheel. You can make this as big or as small you want, and either handheld or a standing spinner.

To make the base plate, cut out a square of the corflute. Using a ruler as a guide, use a black marker to draw a line down the centre on the vertical and on the horizontal (like a cross).

create your spinning wheel

Now draw a foot in each of the bottom corners and a hand in the top corners. Add “RIGHT” to two corners and “LEFT” to the other two corners. Try to stay up near the corners because we don’t want them covered when we add the wheel.

create your spinning wheel

5. Create the spinning wheel

Now that we’ve created the backboard, it’s time to create the wheel that goes on top. Using some white corflute cardboard and a round object such as a bucket or bowl to outline, cut out a large circle that has a smaller diameter than the width of your base plate. Next, cut out an arrow using the white corflute and put aside.

cut your spinning wheel

6. Create triangular sections

Mark the centre point of your circle and draw lines through the centre to create triangular sections – like pizza slices! You want at least 3 sections for each colour. Put a number in each of the slices so you know which way to reassemble them once they are painted.

Now, cut out your slices so you have a number of triangles ready for painting.

create your triangular sections

7. Paint your triangles

Paint each triangle using craft paint, making sure that the same colour is not next to each other on the wheel. Leave to dry.

paint your triangle

8. Glue them down

We’re now going to re-create your wheel. Use glue to stick your triangles to the baseboard, following the numbers you wrote on each one.

glue them down

9. Add your arrow

Using a screwdriver, make a hole through the centre of the black corflute and the wheel. Add a hole at the square end of the white arrow.

Thread a screw from the back of the backboard, through the hole in the board and wheel. Add a washer to the back. Stack the arrow and another washer on screw (so the arrow is sitting over your wheel). Add the raised head to the top. The arrow should spin freely through the washers but feel free to loosen the washers if too tight.

You’re now ready to twist and tumble with your own outdoor spin and twist game!

add your arrow

Make your own!

Explore our range of water-based aerosol paints for your outdoor spin and twist game.

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Health & Safety

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