Creation Station

Salad Spinner Art

Spin out some creative paintings

A number of arts and crafts projects require a tremendous amount of set-up from parents. Certain tools, supplies and directions require more than just adult supervision and can result in the child being more of an observer or passive participant who gets to occasionally squeeze the glue or stir a spoon.

Not this project! Not only can Spin Art be completed from start to finish by kids over the age of 5, but also offers a sense of experimentation and surprise.

The supplies for Spin Art are few and simple and the project can take as little as 10 minutes, or you and your child can spend an afternoon doing it. The project gives children a sense of autonomy since little to no adult help is required and it’s fun to witness kids’ curiosity when they open the lid of the spinner to see their creations.

Materials Needed

  • Washable tempera paint
  • A salad spinner
  • Construction paper or card stock
  • Scissors

How To

  1. Cut the construction paper or card stock to a size and shape that will fit into the salad spinner basket.
  2. Place the paper at the bottom of the salad spinner basket and drop a small amount of paint on it.
  3. Close the lid and spin. Lift the lid to see the transformation of shapes and colors.
  4. Add new drops of paint to get layered colors.
  5. When satisfied with your creation, remove the paper from the spinner and let dry.
  6. Rinse the salad spinner between pictures to remove excess paint and dry with a towel.
  7. Make sure to check out our extra tips at right

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Hints
  • Experiment! Try drops of paint in different sizes to see how the paint slides and flies around the paper, or make different types of lines with your paint to see how it runs.
  • If your are worried about the lid coming loose during spinning and splattering paint everywhere, you can either help your child hold the lid on or tape it closed using a few pieces of masking tape.
  • Glue on glitter or rhinestones to your dry spin art to jazz it up.
  • Make several spin arts and display them as a mobile. It can be as simple as decorating or painting a stick and hanging the pictures with string or fishing line from the stick.

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