The latest addition to our Tinkering Studio vending machine is a “Tops Kit,” meant to encourage playful exploration of spinning tops! The video above is a quick series of ideas and provocation for things you can try with our kit, but it is really meant to be a starting point and a way to rapidly start messing about with some ideas about balance, size, and weight distribution.
The kit is intentionally minimal: like most good tinkering activities it is easy to get started and have an initial success, while allowing you to go deeper and explore more complex variables.
We've included a nicely square piece of cardboard with a perfect center pre-marked for you to get started with no guesswork. A pencil and a piece of string allow you to create an impromptu compass to make very large scale circles, or experiment with string-powered starting mechanisms!
Everything else is up to your imagination and willingness to explore. If you play with this kit and create interesting tops, please let us know in the comments below!