Is your child's pencil box still hanging around from the end of last school year? Try putting those old nubs and half used pencils to work. All you'll need is a handful of washers…I found this idea on Palimpsest blog where the original post by Gunter of the Lexikaliker blog was translated from German. The idea is to make small spinning tops from old pencil nubs with the help of a washer from your toolbox or local hardware store.
It's a simple idea to keep kids entertained and add a little extra value to their art table this summer. Just place one over the end, spin, and away it goes! If your pencils aren't yet short enough you could cut them with a pair of gardening shears.