If 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.
What you’ll need…
a salad spinner (it’s cheaper in the store fyi)
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.
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.
Soon 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.
If you’re in need of any art supplies, here is a list of my all time faves. Thanks for reading along!