HOW TO MAKE THE CLASSIC SPINNING BUTTON (and how it's perfect for explaining all 3 of Newton's Laws of Motion.
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I first heard from Mark Schilke when he sent pictures and video of a of his amazing water rocket launcher variation that shoots 5 rockets off at once!
Mark and his daughter Lelia collaborated on teaching her classmates how to make the folk toy, the spinning button (aka buzz saw). And I've never seen a clearer, succinct way to explain Sir Issac Newton's famous 3 laws of motion.
It is in Word format. You can click on any of the pictures or here to see it.
Mark also sent these related links:
Here is a website showing some noise-making versions of the basic string spinner:
Back when Lelia was in kindergarten, we made a couple of big-ish (8" square) spinners out of corrugated cardboard that were similar to #222. More recently, we had a modern plastic version of #242.
See also these websites:
The video on this website has some of the action drift out of the frame, but
it gets the main points across:
And of course, one can get as elaborate as one wants with the making of this
Finally, this with the comment, "What were the redneck's last words? 'Hey, hold my beer and watch this!"