How to Make a Twister Game


Twister is as fun as its name might suggest, requiring players to twist their body into a variety of positions dictated by the result of a needle spin. Although you can find this game in many stores, making your own version of the game gives you the added advantage of entertaining new commands to get your players giggling.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic tarp or white queen-sized sheet
  • Protractor tool and pencil
  • Ruler
  • Paint
  • Paint brushes
  • White cardstock 10-by-10 inches
  • Markers
  • Clock hands
  • Stretch your tarp or sheet out on an open space on the floor so it is completely flat. It is best to use a hardwood, tiled or concrete floor as a carpeted floor will cause the protractor tool to poke through your Twister mat.

  • Measure inward with your ruler 12 inches from the top left corner and mark the area off with masking tape. Tape a line vertically every 12 inches; repeat this process horizontally across your game mat until it resembles a chess board.

  • Use your protractor to make a 9-inch circle inside each box. If using a plastic tarp, be careful not to tear holes in the plastic with the protractor point.

  • Paint the first line of vertical circles green. If you're using a sheet as your canvas, fabric paint will hold up well. If using plastic, try permanent ink markers or acrylic paint for repeated use. Paint each vertical line of circles a different color until you've filled your canvas with rows of circles.

  • Draw the left foot in the upper left-hand corner of your card stock and a right hand in the upper right-hand corner. In the bottom right corner, draw the right foot, and draw a left hand in the lower right corner.

  • Make a circle around the cardstock, using the colors on your Twister mat, one for each color for each hand and foot.

  • Poke a hole in the center of the cardstock and secure the clock hands into place. When you're ready to play, the short hand will touch the color and the long hand will tell you which body part you need to place on that color. Test the clock hands to make sure they spin freely and adjust them if necessary.

  • Wait for all the paint on your mat and game board to dry before you play to avoid damaging your game.

Tips & Warnings

  • You may also use squares made from colored tape on your mat. For a more accurate game, check out the actual Twister game for reference while putting your version together.


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