Salad spinner painting is such a simple, yet engaging activity for young children. You don’t need any special materials or major preparation. Children practice many important skills, and have fun while doing it!
You can tie this activity in with many different themes, depending on the colors and shapes used (Easter eggs, Valentine hearts, 4th of July, snowflakes, etc.). Photos on this page are from our Space and St. Patrick’s Day themes. I wanted to tie-in color mixing the first time we tried this; which explains why we used red, blue, and yellow paint for shamrocks! We can’t wait to try it for Earth Day using shades of greens and blues.
- Salad spinner – Ikea has an inexpensive option that works well, but we used an older one we had on hand
- Tempera paints or any other types you want to use up
- Children’s Scissors
- Card stock is best for this project (heavier/firm weight plus absorbent) Tip: I purchase in advance when on sale at craft stores like Michael’s or JoAnn’s. Recycled Materials: Old file folders can be used in place of card stock
- or Water color paper
- Beginner – Adds shape to spinner, squirts paint, spins handle
- Intermediate – child cuts out traced shape, adds to spinner, squirts paint, spins handle
- Advanced – Child traces and cuts out own shapes , adds to spinner, squirts paint, spins handle
- Fine/Gross Motor – large arm movements – squeezing paints, turning spinner handle, tracing and cutting out shapes
- Science: Awareness/Experimentation with centrifugal force and color mixing (if desired)
Theme tie-ins (endless):
- Shamrocks, St. Patrick’s Day
- Space, Solar System, Galaxy, Planets
- Earth Day
- Snowflakes, Winter
- Hearts, Valentine’s Day
- Easter, Easter Eggs
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