Doughnut Spinner

Create a Doughnut where both inner and outer parts spin and explore the random combinations that arise

Version 1.0 (February 2021)


This activity guide will help you create a double spinning wheel where you can spin both the inner (social) and outer (ecological) dimensions of the Doughnut to generate random combinations you can then explore.

Do share back your own Doughnut Spinners with us, and we'll create a story celebrating them all.

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Why use it?

Have you ever wanted something playful and kinaesthetic to help you explore the many interconnections between the many dimension of the Doughnut?

If you have, the Doughnut Spinning Wheel might be just the thing for you!


Who is it for?

Facilitators, teachers and anyone who wants to bring some play into their presentations.


How long does it take?

60 minutes


What materials do you need?

 For the handmade spinner:

  • A cardboard box
  • 4 sheets of A4 paper
  • A pencil
  • A black marker pen
  • A ruler
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Sticky tack
  • A compass
  • Colouring in things

For the printed spinner:

  • A cardboard box
  • 4 sheets of A4 paper (optional)
  • A pencil
  • A ruler
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Sticky tack
  • A compass
  • A3 print out of the Doughnut (available in 23+ languages)
  • A craft knife (or similar)
  • A board to cut on



This tool was made by the DEAL Team



Activity guide in google sheets





    Natalia van der Wee

    Utrecht, The Netherlands

    I'm here to find, test, use and share great ideas and tools to help transformation to innovative and sustainable education.

    Sílvia de Sousa

    Full Sutton, England, United Kingdom

    Orthodox Economics (BLARGH!) + Environmental Economics (HUM?) + Social Policy (Nearly!) = Holistic (MAYBE!) => Doughnuts (HURRAH!)


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