Have fun teaching ABC: IKEA Spinning Wheel hack

I hacked an IKEA LUSTIGT Spinning Wheel into a fun tool for kids to learn the ABC. Each alphabet corresponds with an animal to aid letter recognition.

The hack is easy to make and it does not cost much (you have to buy the IKEA Spinning Prize wheel, of course). It is perfect for pre-schoolers and first-graders who want to learn the alphabet.

IKEA items used:
ikea lustigt spinning wheel

Photo: IKEA.com

Other materials and tools:

IKEA Spinning Wheel for ABCs:

First of all print out the template from the website Learning Kiddos.

Second, glue the adhesive tape to the back of the printed template.


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You can now cut along the black lines of the printed template – or just cut the outside of each of a quarter ring.

Assemble the IKEA LUSTIGT prize wheel as written in the IKEA instructions. It is best not to attach the wheel to the base yet.

Next, stick the cut out pieces of the template to the prize wheel.

Last but not least, screw the wheel onto the base and you’re done.

Let’s spin and have fun learning the ABCs.

IKEA ABC spinning wheel
What’s the hardest part of the hack?

The hardest part about making it is to cut through the double-sided adhesive tape. But don’t worry, I managed so you will too.

Other ideas to spin off 🙂

For a changeable spinner, use blu tack to stick the ABC template onto the wheel. Remove the ABC template and replace with different templates to squeeze more use out of the IKEA spinner. You can find additional spinner templates online, even a chalkboard version made by IKEA Australia.

Want to watch instead of read (the instruction)? Check out the video below.

Or hop over to my blog to get the complete instructions.

~ by Marie Dautel

Jules Yap