Paper plate spin art without the spinner for preschoolers

A colorful painting process that your students will enjoy!

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

Preparing the Materials

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.

The Spinning Process

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…

A Colorful Creation

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…

More Spin Art Inspiration

Spin Painting with Kids from The Artful Parent

Spin Art Easter Eggs from The Chocolate Muffin Tree

What Can we Spin? from Tinkerlab

Spin Art Hearts from Meri Cherry

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By |2019-02-08T16:36:19+00:00April 18th, 2011|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Maureen April 18, 2011 at 8:25 pm - Reply

    So simple, so beautiful – love it.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 18, 2011 at 10:42 pm - Reply

      Thank you Maureen – I really love it too!

  2. Thanks for featuring me here! This is Awesome!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 18, 2011 at 10:41 pm - Reply

      You are welcome:)

  3. Lian April 18, 2011 at 8:56 pm - Reply

    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. April 18, 2011 at 10:40 pm - Reply

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

  4. Ameera April 18, 2011 at 10:45 pm - Reply

    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

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 19, 2011 at 6:58 am - Reply

      You are half way there with the paper plates!!

  5. Nic Hahn April 19, 2011 at 8:35 pm - Reply

    Great project here, thanks for sharing. Please see my site, I would like to award you the Versatile Blogger Award…

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 19, 2011 at 8:54 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much! What a nice surprise:)

  6. TG April 20, 2011 at 6:56 am - Reply

    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. April 20, 2011 at 10:50 am - Reply

      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:)

  7. Gianne April 20, 2011 at 12:49 pm - Reply

    You jut keep pumping out the awesome ideas!!! We did the color mixing fun last night! WHAT FUN!!!
    Thansk again,

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 20, 2011 at 11:45 pm - Reply


  8. Scott April 20, 2011 at 4:35 pm - Reply

    Another great idea! So easy and yet creating a wonderful result. Thanks, Deborah.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 20, 2011 at 11:44 pm - Reply

      Thank you Scott!

  9. Laura@art4littlehands April 29, 2011 at 10:01 am - Reply

    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. April 29, 2011 at 11:25 pm - Reply

      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.

  10. Laura@art4littlehands May 5, 2011 at 8:12 am - Reply

    Yeah, I see that you already got the featured button! I loved this post and put it up today as a feature.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. May 5, 2011 at 8:24 pm - Reply

      Thank you!

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