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…


Here’s a glimpse of how you can do spin art in a salad spinner


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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Deborah J Stewart

Deborah J Stewart

Every time I think I know everything I need to know about teaching young children, God says, "Hold on a minute!" and gives me a new challenge.

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