Going down the art aisle in a local store, you might see a gadget that includes paint that will spin to make designs. This activity is the same thing, only using supplies you have around the house. Seriously, three things. It’s easy enough that even the littles can have some spin art fun.
- Coffee filters (the bigger the better)
- Salad spinner (a cheap one will do just fine)
- Tempera paint (we also experimented with acrylic paint and Crayola washable paint)
Insert two coffee filters inside the salad spinner bowl (just to be safe it doesn’t leak through).
Dab, circle, make designs to your heart’s wish with the paint on the filter.
Close the salad spinner lid, and spin like crazy! Or slow. You could experiment to see what happens when you turn slow versus fast.
We experimented to see if there was a difference in how our design turned out if we used a different type of paint. Some paint is thicker than others, and may be more difficult to thrash around on the inside. We used tempera, acrylic and your typical, everyday Crayola washable paint. The washable paint turned out to be the “thinnest”, and we believe the best to spin around in a salad spinner. This was a good activity to discuss colors including primary (red, blue, yellow) as well as the secondary colors they create when they mix. My kids had a good time experimenting with the different types of paint, colors, and designs we made in the coffee filter to see our results!
Note : I would recommend not using your salad spinner for food after this activity.
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Photographs and content by: Heather Kucenski