Spinning up circles

Yesterday I shared with you how we introduced a record player to my students. Once the children had a good grasp on how to take care of and manage the records and our record player, we were ready to integrate our record player into new experiences involving art and science. For our art experience, the children spent time with the amazing process of spinning up circles…

Spinning up circles by Teach Preschool

Spin art isn’t a new idea for many in early childhood but for our class, spinning up circles on a record player was very new. We learned that the best way to create our spin art was to start with our markers on the outside edge of our paper circle then slowly guide the marker towards the center of the marker while the record player is spinning…

Spinning up circles by Teach Preschool

Spinning up circles by Teach Preschool

Some of the children started out wanting to draw around the paper so it took some trial and error for them to understand that they didn’t need to actually press down and draw but to instead gently touch their marker to the paper and guide their marker in a straight line from the outer edge to the inner edge of the circle…

Spinning up circles by Teach Preschool

Once the children got the hang of it, they would change the color of their marker and repeat the process as often as they desired which led to a colorful spin art drawing. Some of the children really got the hang of it and some of them enjoyed even using two hands to draw their circles…

Spinning up circles by Teach Preschool

This process was unbeatable when it comes to combining art and technology to create an engaging experience for the children…

Spinning up circles by Teach Preschool

Although I wanted to share the spin art process with you, I should also let you know that my students were curious as to how their “records” would sound. So they spent a few minutes listening to the sound of paper on the record player. I can report that our paper records sounds something like thunder!…

Spinning up circles by Teach Preschool

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By |2014-03-05T06:00:14+00:00March 5th, 2014|

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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. mary March 5, 2014 at 8:41 am - Reply

    That is so cool! Last week, I brought out our record player for my four’s class. I didn’t talk about it, I just put a record on during our free choice time. It sparked such curiosity (being such a unique item!). I had one child ask where the music was coming from, and told her her to follow the sound (I had it in the back of the classroom). She found it, and replied “I think I’ve seen one of those on t.v., before!”. Then, she moved into a ballerina stance, and flowed through the classroom! I am going to take your “spin” (lol) on this art project. Did you cover the needle?

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 5, 2014 at 4:17 pm - Reply

      I love that she found it and it made her wish to dance! I need to find some good kid records for my class to listen to. I didn’t cover the needle but I think I would for future reference. I was kind of winging it as I went along.

  2. Theres Just One Mommy March 5, 2014 at 7:47 pm - Reply

    What a fun use of an old record player! We may need to get ours out of the box!

  3. jeanine March 6, 2014 at 2:02 pm - Reply

    ok this is soooo exciting!! thank you sooo much for sharing this extra activity with your wonderful record player post ;D !!!

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