My 6-year-old was home from school this week and I tried to cram in as much fun as we could including a little early St. Patrick’s Day spin art craft. Between a visit from the grandparents, watching The Princess Bride twice, 2 ferry rides, and a trip to the aquarium, we did a ton of activities. This was his favorite. Salad spinner art is a ton of fun and it’s not a bad work out either. You can find a cheap salad spinner like this one at Ikea for under $4!
- Gather your materials. You will need some paper plates or other sturdy paper , paint ( water it down just a little) and a salad spinner.
- Start by drawing your shamrock or rainbow on the plate. Draw them on both sides so you have a good guide for cutting later after it’s dry.
- Cut the extra off the plate . Fitting in cutting curves is something I am trying to do more for my son who is still working hard at that skill.
- Pour! We poured a little too much but if there is too much just scoop some off.
- Next up rainbow colors. It gets a little messy but all fun things do !
- Next we thought we’d do some color mixing. So we got out our thinner Melissa & Doug Poster Paints and poured them in.
- Carefully watched as it spattered while it spun.
- It turned sorta grey so we added some other green paint and spun it again. I love this picture because it shows out painting experiment which is what my son was calling it.Seeing him so engaged even though he has done more than his fair share of art projects over the last 5 years was wonderful. I am thankful he is still curious.
- Let everything dry and cut out your St. Patrick’s Day spin art.
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