In the tinkering studio's month long exploration of toys, we're highlighting all types of spinning tops. And of course, our favorites are the do-it-yourself variety. Tops are incredibly easy to make with common household objects like yogurt cups, metal lids, found gears, golf pencils and many other everyday materials. We've currently been experimenting with making tops using thin cardboard (mostly from food boxes), skewer sticks for stems, and metal washers to add weight. We also bring out hot glue and masking tape to hold everything together.