Seen as though a lot of us are now at home with our little ones for the foreseeable, I thought I’d post some easy activity ideas that only require a few simple materials.
First up, spin painting! One of our most popular activities in our classes, this is a wonderful activity. It promotes discussions around patterns, colours and shapes, as well as working on those gross motor skills and coordination. Throw in a sprinkling of glitter or sparkles when it’s finished and you can add fine motor skills development to the list of benefits too. And let’s not forget, it’s great fun!
All you need is a salad spinner (click here for a link to buy one); some circles of thick paper or card; several colours of paint, ideally watered down slightly; some glitter or sparkles to sprinkle on if desired.
Just pop a card circle into the spinner and drizzle on a few different colours of paint. Put the lid on and give it a really good spin. You may need to check it and drizzle a little more paint on depending on how it’s spread but that’s up to you! Once the paint has spread out and you’re happy with it you can sprinkle on a little glitter or a few sparkles if desired or place to one side to dry.
The end results look great and often resemble fireworks! We usually use this activity around Bonfire Night, Chinese New Year and carnival season for that reason.
I hope you have some fun with this one but be prepared, they won’t just want to do one or two, you’ll end up with your very own gallery of spin paintings to display.
Come back soon for some more easy activity ideas. Have a look at our Facebook and Instagram pages too for more ideas and inspiration.
Here are my three little artists having a go at this activity this week along with their finished creations. They were very against adding anything sparkly which is most unlike them but who am I to argue?!