Paper plate spin art without the spinner for preschoolers

This idea is a “spin-off” from my Tissue Box idea posted yesterday…

Any time I start creating something, I can’t just stop. This is kind of how we want preschoolers to feel too. We want to provide ideas and materials then let them use their own creativity to discover the possibilities…

I used fingerpaints from Walmart for this simply because it was so easy to squirt the paint in little spots around my paper plate.  Choose any paint you have on hand and have the child put dabs or lines of paint colors on the paper plate.

Next, invite the child to flip the paper plate over on a large sheet of paper. Then press down firmly with one hand and “spin” or turn the paper plate while pressing down…

I hate using my own hands for these post – it shows how badly I need to get my nails done:)  But I digress.. When you are done giving the paper plate a few turns then lift the paper plate off the paper…

And there you have your very own spin art! Move the paper plate over a bit and then try it again as many times as you like…

You actually end up with two pieces of artwork at the same time – the paper plate is just as beautiful as the paper! You can let the child keep one and display the other…

I just bought my own Salad Spinner to try a little spin painting that way but you can go ahead and check out these Spin Art activities here…

Spin, Spin, Spin from The Artful Parent

Spin Art Easter Eggs from The Chocolate Muffin Tree

What Can we Spin? from Tinkerlab

Giant Spin Art from Craftzine

Salad Spinner Art from Pepper Paints

Salad Spinner Flowers from Irresistible Ideas for Play Based Learning

Look who tried this too! No Spin Spin Art from Habeebee Homeschool


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  1. says

    Oh, I like this art idea. Simple and beautiful. I am going to get my little boy to do it today. Thanks and looking forward to that book you’re putting together.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. says

      I love that your little one will give this a try – I hope he loves it:)

  2. says

    Awesome, so yeah I will be doing this tomorrow..I have the same paint and paper plates LOL (joking but I do have paper plates) I like this, its simple, fun, and creative. My boys will love it

  3. TG says

    Wow. This is really great. You knwo the best part about your art and craft are the steps. You have no idea how useful this is for workign with kids who are visual learners (for instance kids on the autism spectrum). I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for doing this !! I even got a salad spinner to do the spin art :)

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. says

      Yay – You will probably get to use your salad spinner before I do!! I can’t wait to give it a try. I love the steps too – it helps us think more about what the children will get to do as a part of the process! If they don’t get to do anything than it isn’t any fun:)

  4. says

    Awesome! I just bought a salad spinner for art yesterday! If you have an Ikea close they are super cheep. I like this idea a bit better. Easy and fast! Thanks for sharing at my link party. I am now a follower on your blog.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. says

      I am following your blog too! I love it! I haven’t used my salad spinner yet but it is on my to do list.