How to Make a Color Top

Ages: 3-5, 6-8
Location: Outdoors
Skills: Art, Physical

What you'll need:
Pattern for color top
Tracing paper
Two 8 1/2" x 11" sheets of heavyweight white paper Penny
Red, yellow, and blue cellophane
Tape or glue
Brass paper fastener

This sturdy top is easy to make and can provide hours of spinning fun. Use differently colored paper to illustrate the explosion of colors that we usually see in spring.

What to do:
1. Trace the pattern and cut it out.

2. Outline the pattern on each sheet of white paper. Cut out both shapes.

3. Fold each shape across the middle to make a triangle.

4. (Using a penny as a pattern, mark circles in each corner of each triangle. Cut out the holes through both thicknesses.

5. Open each triangle and glue or tape a piece of red cellophane behind one hole. Repeat with the blue and the yellow cellophane.

6. Refold and tape or glue the edges of each triangle together.

7. Place the two triangles together, matching the colors. Punch a hole through the center of both triangles and fasten with the brass paper fastener.

Help a young child turn the star to all the primary and secondary colors and name the colors as they appear.

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