Spin art is a fun way to add some process art to a Valentines activity. Toddlers and preschoolers love using the salad spinner to create these colorful hearts! We’ve done spin art for other occasions, such as for Christmas. It doesn’t really matter what time of year or season it is, this is a much-loved activity. Once they learn the simple steps involved, they will want to make several. Be prepared when they say, “I can do it by myself!”
What you will need:
Setting it up:
Fill the plastic squeeze bottles with paint, thinned with a bit of water. Place bottles and salad spinner on flat surface.
Have the children place one doily heart into the basket of the salad spinner. Then, let them squirt the paint onto the heart. You will want to supervise this part, unless you want them to use the entire bottle. Encourage them to use all 3 colors, if available.
Fine motor fun:
Squeezing paint is an excellent way to strengthen the hands and fingers, getting them ready for writing.
Spinning the paint:
When finished squirting the paint, place the lid on the spinner and show the children how to make it move. There are so many different types of salad spinners, and sometimes we have two going at the same time that work completely different.
Make sure they look through the side of the spinner, if yours is clear, so they can see the paint mixing and splattering along the walls.
Watch your children’s faces when you open the lid. They will love seeing how the paint splashed and mixed across the paper! Let hearts dry completely and display on wall, if desired.
Here are more activities you might be interested in:
Valentines and friendship books:
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