Spin Art with the Toddler Art Group


Spin Art on Drying Wall

We did a spin art project with the Toddler Art Group yesterday. Thanks to Dana for sending me the idea! It was a fun project for the kids. By the way, I'm going to post an interview with her next week about teaching art to preschoolers and about sewing and creating with her three children.

Vivi Squeezing Paint 2

We placed a 6 inch paper plate at the bottom of a salad spinner and squeezed blobs of 1-3 different colors of tempera paint onto the plate. Here Vivi's squeezing red glitter paint onto her plate.

Vivi Spinning

Then the kids spun the salad spinner…

Viviâs Spin Art

And pulled out the finished spin art!

Henry Spinning

We used two different kinds of salad spinners. Here Henry's pushing the button on the top to spin this one.

Thanks to Bobbi for the photos!

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    Montessori Mama
    March 27, 2008 at 9:19 am

    This looks like so much fun!
    Great idea
    aka Montessori Mama

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    March 27, 2008 at 9:28 am

    What a clever idea…another good use for a salad spinner. Will have to give this a try.

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    Melissa A
    March 27, 2008 at 10:41 am

    That looks like fun! We are going to try this.

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    March 27, 2008 at 11:18 am

    Great idea! Looks like so much fun!

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    March 27, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    Oh cute! We’ll have to try that out.

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    March 27, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    Um, Dayna, *another* good use for a salad spinner? Besides what? Washing lettuce or some other awesome art project?! Love this, we will be doin it!

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    March 27, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    MamaBird…fair enough :) – I guess spinning salad or other such food stuffs may not be considered by most to be a “another” good use. Wish I was referring to another great art project! I did however come across some pics online of a family that spun their art in fall colors and then turned their art into turkey decorations.

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    March 27, 2008 at 6:23 pm

    Good news…I knew if I did a quick search I might be able to find another good use…how about a salad spinner Zoetrope check it out here: http://analyzer.depaul.edu/paperplate/Zoetrope.htm

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    March 27, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    How hard was it to clean out the salad spinners when you were done?

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    The Artful Parent
    March 27, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    By the way, one of the salad spinners had holes in the bottom for draining water. It made quite a mess on the table, so just keep that in mind if you have a salad spinner with holes in the bottom. The paint will leak out, so make sure to do the project where that is okay.

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    March 27, 2008 at 6:33 pm

    I came across your blog and I love it! I received a salad spinner when I got married 5.5 years ago and have not used it much (seemed like more trouble than it was worth.) I thought about getting rid of it just last month.
    My daughter and I tried this project this evening. She had a great time and the results were cool. I posted some pics on my blog.
    Keep the great ideas coming!

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    The Artful Parent
    March 27, 2008 at 8:05 pm

    Not hard at all. Tempera paint washes off plastic easily. If the paint has dried you might want to soak it first though.

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    June 12, 2008 at 11:42 am

    I love this idea, we have been trying it out and it works so well. It give great satisfaction to little kids whose drawing skills are not that great and still have a short concentration span!

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    haris ahmad
    February 15, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    nice idea and lovely kids. maybe not new but still interesting

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    Auntie Jo Jo
    May 12, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    I am planning a Spin Art Session for our Art Playgroup tomorrow, just a kind of dumb question…Did you reuse your salad spinner in the kitchen or keep it designated for art only????
    Thanks, hope you are feeling well and no worries if you can’t respond. Thanks for your time and inspiration!!

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    The Artful Parent
    May 13, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    I’m so sorry I didn’t answer in time! We reused the salad spinner in the kitchen. The paint washes off completely.

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    Auntie Jo Jo
    May 14, 2009 at 7:06 am

    Thanks for the answer!! I figured it was safe enough!

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    March 21, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    This is such a great idea!!! I used to love this as a kid. Although it was only at school fairs with special equipment. Love the salad spinner! I wanted to also let you know that I blogged about our experience with it today…

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