Paper plate spin art without the spinner for preschoolers

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on April 18, 2011

in Creative Art, Spin Art

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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