IKEA Spinning Wheel Fun in the Classroom (Printable Templates)

Holly (Teach Starter)

Written by Holly (Teach Starter)

Teachers, have you seen the IKEA spinning wheel #teacherhack doing the rounds on social media? It certainly catches your eye as something that could be fun in the classroom environment, doesn’t it? But, is this a bandwagon that is purposeful? Will it add value to learning interactions with your students?

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We think the answer is a big firm YES! We couldn’t let this IKEA spinning wheel fad go, so we knuckled down and brainstormed some purposeful and engaging ways it could be used in the classroom environment. If you like these ideas you should also check out Ali’s blog on 8 IKEA hacks for the classroom.


IKEA Spinning Wheel Printable Templates

We wanted to create templates that were realistic to use for a busy teacher. The initial printing and cutting may take a bit of time, but the changing of the templates shouldn’t be too difficult. You can even just leave the middle circle out of the whole scheme of things and just change the outside arch sections to save on even more time!

We know how precious teacher’s prep time is…

IKEA spinning wheel templates for the classroom

How to Use Our Classroom Spinner Templates

All of our Classroom Spinner Templates that have been created specifically for the IKEA Spinning Wheel have a similar layout. You’ll notice that in each download, a circle plus arch-shaped sections have been included. Each of the photos contained in this blog will give you an idea of just how easy it is to re-create these fun activities.

We simply use blue-tack to stick each section on to the wheel. You could also use velcro dots…

Here’s one of the templates all set up – our Classroom Spinner Template – Synonyms activity.

Synonym activitiy to use on the IKEA spinning wheel

Blends Activity for the Classroom

Consolidate your students’ knowledge of these common blends by using our Classroom Spinner Template – Blends template. The beauty of this activity is you can use it in a variety of ways within the classroom.

Students can spin the spinner and then list as many words as they can with the blend that the spinner lands on. Alternatively, you could pop a timer on and, in small groups, students come up with as many words as they can in the allocated time.

Differentiate this by getting the students to use the words they have listed to write some interesting sentences!

Blends activity to use on the IKEA spinning wheel in the classroom

Digraph Activity for the Classroom

This spinner also provides another fantastic way to consolidate a selection of digraphs with your students. How many words can your students list for each of the diagraphs that are seen on the spinner? Use our Classroom Spinner Template – Diagraphs in a variety of ways to suit the levels of your students.

Students will love to spin it themselves…

Diagraph activity to use on the IKEA spinning wheel

Brain Breaks in the Classroom

We know the importance of brain breaks in the classroom. This Classroom Spinner Template – Movement Activities is a great visual reminder for you and your students to take a brain break.

A selection of fun exercise moves is used in the outer ring of the spinner. We have made sure the moves are conducive to a classroom setting as well.

Brain break activity to use on the IKEA spinning wheel in the classroom

Maths Activity Fun Using a Classroom Spinner

Here’s a fun maths activity that you can use in your classroom! Using our Classroom Spinner Template – Maths Equations is the perfect maths warm-up for your students that can be used in a variety of ways.

Why not use your number of the day and spin the spinner for a variety of maths equations your students can do using the chosen number! So much fun!

Maths warm up for the IKEA spinning wheel

Editable Templates for the IKEA Spinning Wheel

So, we know that the templates we have included only focus on a small selection of the many possible ways to use this spinning wheel in the classroom. And, they are also very early years based… so, we decided to create a selection of blank templates that teachers could use to create their very own activities that are related to what their students may be learning about.

We’d love to see what you come up with using our editable templates.
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I have mine now and are madly making my templates . Thanks so much you clever cookies

Annie · Mar 10th, 2020

Holly (Teach Starter)

Thanks for your lovely comment, Annie. We hope you and your students enjoy using this in your classroom.

Holly (Teach Starter) · Mar 11th, 2020

Emma Hunt

Just received my spinning wheel. Thank you for these awesome resources. I’ll be able to have meaningful tasks ready in no time! My class will have a great time while learning at the same time! Bonus 🙂

Emma Hunt · Feb 29th, 2020

Paul (Teach Starter)

Hi Emma,

Thanks for your feedback! Sounds like you’re about to spin-up some great learning experiences!

Paul (Teach Starter) · Mar 1st, 2020

Maggie Tolman

IKEA won’t deliver to my location. 😔

Maggie Tolman · Feb 27th, 2020

Holly (Teach Starter)

Oh no, Maggie! We hope you can manage to get one of these spinners for your classroom.

Holly (Teach Starter) · Feb 27th, 2020

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Royce (Teach Starter) · Feb 27th, 2020


I have just ordered my wheel and downloaded all the templateds. that you for the great resources.

Annie · Feb 8th, 2020

Royce (Teach Starter)

Hey Annie, thank you for taking the time to share you lovely feedback.

Royce (Teach Starter) · Feb 10th, 2020

Shandell Gammon

Am I supposed to be able to edit the big circle by adding the name of the template, can’t see this on the editable version?

Shandell Gammon · Feb 2nd, 2020

Paul (Teach Starter)

Hi Shandell,

Thank you for your question. The big circle is not editable as part of the Word version.

Paul (Teach Starter) · Feb 3rd, 2020

Jessica Kotsoglous

Hi Shandell,
I added a text box in my word document so I could write the focus e.g. “Jolly Phonics Sounds” etc. I hope this helps.

Jessica Kotsoglous · Mar 7th, 2020

Shandell Gammon

Another fantastic resource, thank you!!!

Shandell Gammon · Feb 2nd, 2020

Paul (Teach Starter)

Hi Shandell,

You’re most welcome!

Paul (Teach Starter) · Feb 2nd, 2020

Rachel Paplinski

I am so excited to use these. Thank-you so much!

Rachel Paplinski · Jan 31st, 2020

Paul (Teach Starter)

Hi Rachel,

You’re most welcome! Thanks for your feedback!

Paul (Teach Starter) · Feb 2nd, 2020


Thank you holly! This makes it a lot easier to put together

Emma · Jan 30th, 2020

Holly (Teach Starter)

Fantastic, Emma! Best of luck for the school year ahead.

Holly (Teach Starter) · Jan 31st, 2020

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