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Materials:

  • paper plates (7in Safeway brand seemed to work great and fit my salad spinners)
  • salad spinner
  • squeeze bottles
  • tempera paint (watered down about 4:1 paint to water)

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A lot of experimentation, problem solving, and total fun happens while doing spin art. It’s also a very active form of making art which requires balance and strength and control to get the spinner going fast.
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The paint squirts out so quickly and the students have so much fun squeezing that often you will look over and find a student with a full pile of paint on the plate. Don’t fear, while it may cover the entire plate when spun it still looks cool!!
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My young toddlers are usually very fascinated with the mechanics of the spinner. Can you feel this child’s brain ticking?
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So much pride, and so much fun!

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With thinned down tempera paint you will have a lot of opportunity to discuss color mixing.
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It’s easiest to contain the messiness potential of a squeeze bottle paint project if students apply their paint in the spinner.
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I encouraged playing with lines and dots and different placement of paint colors to see what effects they could make.
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For some it was more comfortable to sit or kneel or squat on the ground.
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