Simple spin art collages in preschool

If you haven’t explored spin art yet, then you are missing out.

Let me show you how simple spin art can be and how spin art strengthens those fine and large motor muscles too.

To create the spin art, we used a cheap salad spinner that I picked up at Walmart a few years ago. I wanted the process to be as self-reliant as possible so we set the spinners, paint and small paper plates at one table and at another table, we set out glue and paper for the children to complete their collages.

The children went right to work. A little squeeze of paint on their paper plates. Then a little more paint, and maybe a little more – just in case…

Now put the lid on the container and spin! This is the part that took a little muscle and coordination. Most of the children could spin the spinner without help but a few needed a partner to help hold the container still while they spun the spinner.

Once the children finished spinning, they would take off the lid and see the magic!

If they were satisfied with the results, then they could take their spin artwork over to the table to glue it on a piece of paper and come back to start all over again.

Now wasn’t that simple?

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By |2017-04-06T13:07:20+00:00March 27th, 2017|

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. Joan B Aydelette April 3, 2017 at 2:48 pm - Reply

    Quick Question: I have tried this several times but the paint straight from the gallon jug is too thick. Do you dilute with a little water?

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 4, 2017 at 2:41 pm - Reply

      We did not dilute but I think a tiny bit of diluting would be a good idea!

  2. Anne April 3, 2017 at 5:25 pm - Reply

    This is one of the favourite things to do in my preschool. I love it because most children can do it without any help. They love it because every time they do it, it’s different 🙂

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