Spin art is a no mess art activity that kids LOVEIf you’ve been reading my blog for a while you probably know I’m a huge fan of spin art, one of the best no mess art activities for kids ever.  You can check out this post on spin art rocks and this one about our spin art buffet.  I recently took a trip to Ikea, one of my favorite spot for art supplies, and restocked on paint and salad spinners.  With Valentine’s Day around the corner, tis the season to spin your heart out.

Spin art is a no mess art activity that kids LOVECan you tell this kid is ready to go. “I’m ready to make my spin art hearts!”

What you’ll need…

Supplies

a salad spinner (it’s cheaper in the store fyi)

tempera paints (I looooove the mala paints you see here from ikea.  You can also mix your own paint and put them in these squeeze bottles.)

cut out hearts on card stock or watercolor paper (currently on sale for a crazy good price!) or cardboard

big muscles

Spin art is a no mess art activity that kids LOVESteps

1.  Place your heart in the spinner

2.  Squeeze paints all over it.  I tell kids to make a spider web all over their heart.  That helps them not to make one big pile of paint, which works, but not as well as when you spread it all over.

Spin art is a no mess art activity that kids LOVE3.  Cover the spinner and get spinning.  This is where I like to mention that I hope the kids have eaten a lot of broccoli so they can really get their muscles into it.

Spin art is a no mess art activity that kids LOVE4.  Slowly lift the lid off your spinner and reveal your spin art heart.  Wait for oohs and ahhs.  They will come, for sure.

*Note*

Occasionally a heart will spin to the side while spinning.  I warn the kids about this ahead of time so they don’t get bummed.  I explain that if that happens they still might love the design, and if not, they can just add a bit more paint and spin again.

Spin art is a no mess art activity that kids LOVEThe spin art hearts come out crazy gorgeous, like this.

Spin art is a no mess art activity that kids LOVESoon your older sibling will want to get in on the action.

Spin art is a no mess art activity that kids LOVEAges 4 and up can pretty much do this independently.  Younger kids just need a little help lifting the lid.

Spin art is a no mess art activity that kids LOVEIt’s really fun to peak inside and see if your heart is ready.

Spin art is a no mess art activity that kids LOVEThis spin art heart was was the designated favorite.

Spin art is a no mess art activity that kids LOVESoon you have some pretty great team work happening, which is always a fun aspect of a successful art project.  Kids are chatting away, discussing color palettes, strategies for where to place the paint, and complimenting each other’s work.  And did I mention this is a no mess art activity?  All the paint just stays in the spinner.  You just rinse it out when you’re done and pop it in the dishwasher.

Spin art is a no mess art activity that kids LOVEBefore long you just leave the kids alone to do their own thing.  “Mama, we got this,” I believe were their final words to me before I went inside.

Spin art is a no mess art activity that kids LOVESpin your heart out everybody! Happy Valentine’s Day. xo Meri

If you’re in need of any art supplies, here is a list of my all time faves.  Thanks for reading along!

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