What can we spin?

My daughter was glued to the spin art table at a carnival that we went to a few months ago, so when I saw this easy spin art machine from Crayola I couldn’t resist purchasing it. My friend Jean at The Artful Parent recently set up a fun spin art project for her five year old using a salad spinner and thin white paper plates. This is the same set-up we had at that carnival, and it’s an amazing low-cost, upcycled option with great results. I bet you could find a salad spinner at the dollar store if you didn’t want to run yours through the ringer.

Here’s what we did:

We added paint…

and gave it a few spins.

Added more paint

And sat back to watch the magic happen.

Like marble painting, once N got going there was no stopping her. She made MANY of these beauties and I’m thinking of turning them into bunting for her birthday. Any ideas?

I wish I could remember how it came up, but we started musing on what would happen if we used ketchup instead of paint. I’m not an advocate of playing with food, but I am an advocate of experimentation, so we brought out the ketchup to see what would happen.

It was a slurry of a mess, that got even more sludgy after we added ranch dressing. Sorry I missed snapping that…it all happened pretty quickly. The next morning, N requested eggs and ketchup…

in the spinner. Of course.

This is a totally reasonable request, right?

So we cut some plates down to size.

Scrambled up some eggs.

Squeezed the ketchup on.

And spun it around until it was good and messy. As you can imagine, the eggs flew around the spinner in every direction. Because of their flatness, I bet pancakes and maple syrup would work beautifully. What do you think?

Aesthetics aside, it still tasted good.

Have you been experimenting in the kitchen? Please share!

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Comments

  1. says

    One of my classes favorite activities is salad spinner art- I am sure you have heard of it- it is just like this but using a salad spinner instead of an electric one. It doesn’t come out (in most cases) quite as pretty as theses but they like the tactile experience of it and experimenting with different speeds, adding colors all at once or between spins, etc.

    • rachelle says

      Yes! We had fun with salad spinner art too. I love that you don’t need anything super-fancy to make spin art.

    • rachelle says

      Melissa, This is way too cool! You’ve got me thinking that I could cut these circles down to postcard size for thank you cards, postcards, or invitations too.

  2. Amber Delgado says

    A few years back I made invitations out of the spin art. My spin art machine allowed me to secure rectangular pieces of paper to it. Then I printed the info on clear overhead transparency and secured that to the art for a very cute invitation. ….Also, a few years back we picked up a spinner in the Easter section to to the same with hard boiled eggs. We pull it out every year. It lets the boys experiment with color and is a surprising clean project. I bet the salad spinner would work great for that too ;)

    • rachelle says

      What a great idea. I wonder if I can rig our little machine to hold different shapes of papers? And I’m keeping an eye out for an egg spinner!!

  3. says

    I came over from Make and Takes today and took some time to explore your blog. AMAZING!! What a fun parent you are. =) Not afraid to get things a bit dirty! We will have fun following your blog.

    • rachelle says

      Hi Laura! Thanks for the really kind words. I try to keep an open mind about allowing for messes to happen, but believe me when I say it’s often a huge exercise in restraint! I look forward to chatting with you here!

    • rachelle says

      I love that too. I’m so happy when our activities cross disciplines: in this case…art, science, food. It’s all there! And thanks for stopping by. I checked out your blog, and it’s great! We can all be reminded to slow down and be present.

  4. says

    This is such a wonderful activity. Thankyou for the clear description of the process, and the beautiful photos of this. I have just subscribed to Tinkerlab., and look forward to much happy reading. This is a wonderful resource! Thank you for checking in with me on my blog, and your suggestion of Pinterest, as a resource, I plan to learn more, it seems like a very helpful way to keep a record of ideas, etc.
    All the best!
    Brenda

    • rachelle says

      Hi Brenda! Thanks for popping over and subscribing to the blog. It’s great to have you here.

  5. says

    Did you know you can use fabric paint and then “stamp” your spinart on a t shirt or onesie? Black makes great spiderwebs (we did it at a halloween party) and cow spots (for chickfila dress up day) but red- well, look bloody and gory- like gunshots- try to avoid it. Make sure to have newspaper or cereal box piece inside shirt to avoid leakthrough.

    • rachelle says

      Great suggestions! I bet a spin art t-shirt or onesie would be adorable. And thanks for the tip on staying away from using red for spin art t-shirts :)