Arts & Crafts

How to Make Spinning Paint Art

By: Sally Nahas O’Brien
A painted paper plate and bottles of paint.
minute activity
For All Ages

Spinning a plate to make art? Yes! It’s the unexpected that kids will love about this paper plate art craft. Because how often do they get to add paint to something and then make it move? (Not that often.) So have fun with your kids changing it up and making some cool looking spin art.

What You'll Need

What to Do

  1. Place the paper plate in the cardboard box.

  2. Drop small drips of watery poster paint from a paintbrush onto the plate.

  3. Give the box a quick spin. Each time you spin, the picture will change.

Extend the Fun

Younger kids: Talk with your child about what the paint looks like before she spins the box. If you can, take a picture of the plate. Then, have her spin the box quickly. Ask her what the paint looks like now. How did it change? Use the photo to talk about what’s the same and what’s different before and after spinning the box.

Older kids: Encourage your child to turn one of the paper plates into a maze after it’s been spun. See if he can get from one side of the plate to the other without going just along the edge. Challenge him to find different ways through the plate or specifically spin a paper plate maze.

Author Photo
By: Sally Nahas O’Brien