June 9, 2012

Spin Art Coasters

Spin Art Coasters

Calvin and I wanted to make spin art coasters.  I searched the web for ideas and found that most spin art involves using a salad spinner. Casa Maria has some beautiful salad spinner art on her blog: Casa Maria's Learning Zone.

I don't have a salad spinner, which is funny because I eat tons of salad, so I needed to find another way to create spin art.  One day while enjoying a salad at a local restaurant, I got a crazy idea. Why not use the disposable plastic salad bowl (shown below) to create spin art?


  • I cut white construction paper to fit the lid of the bowl and adhered it with a piece of rolled tape.  Then I squirted slightly-watered-down red and blue tempera paint onto the paper and taped the lid on.  

  • I set the bowl in front of Calvin to see what he'd do.

  • He rolled it.

  • He flipped it.


  • He pounded it.

  • And the whole time he played with the bowl, the paint was spreading on the paper.

  • We repeated the procedure four times to make four coasters.  After the paint dried, I covered the paper with clear contact paper and trimmed the edge with pinking shears.

This was one of Calvin's favorite projects.  He laughed the whole time he was spinning that plastic bowl.  I laughed too because my crazy idea worked.

The only time he needed help was when I changed papers in the bowl so he could do it again and again and again.  He never got tired of spinning.

Extend the Activity:

  • Here are some other ways to create spin art.  I have never tried them, but I've filed the info away for when Calvin gets older.

  • Melissa and Doug's version:
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  • Crayola's version:
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  • RoseArt's Version:
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Do you have a comment or a suggestion?  I'd love to hear from you.

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