I know I am probably the last person in the "blogosphere" to try salad spinner art, but I will include a mini tutorial, just in case any of you have not tried it yet either. It has been on my list of "someday" crafts for ages.
Prang metallic paints first, and then moved on to Crayola fingerpaint.
Experiment with a mix of different colors (this can also be good for learning about color mixing). Put the lid on and spin, spin, spin, spin! We have this push button top salad spinner, and my son loved to press the button down. "I want to do some! I want to do some!" he kept shouting (even while he was doing it).
Open the lid, and reveal your masterpieces! We made quite a few.
But I wasn't sure what to do with them. I decided after staring at them for awhile that they would make a fun snake. Once they had dried, I put them into his "arts and crafts" learning box, along with a googley eye, cut out tongue, glue stick, Elmer's glue, and mini stapler (so he could choose how he wanted to join everything). Of course he wanted the stapler, since it is a semi-forbidden tool. So I helped him to staple it all together.
He dubbed the finished snaked "Skookie." Then he insisted that Skookie the Snake play our new Alphabet Bingo game, and that Daddy and the Bibliophile show Skookie how to play. What a sweet Daddy, obliging:
Apparently Skookie holds his cards with his tongue:
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Comment: Have you done salad spinner art too? Do your kids love it as much as mine did? What other artsy fun have you been up to lately? (I intended to include links to where I have seen salad spinner painting craft recently, but I can't remember where, and searching my google reader for salad spinner brings up a ton of posts - so, feel free to link up in the comments if you want to share your project!).
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