Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Mason Jar Spin Art Fun


With a friend visiting, this week, the older girls have been having a lot of special fun, and the younger girls have been feeling left out. I wanted to do a project just with and for them, but one that wouldn't take too much extra effort, or make too big a mess.

That's when I remembered the spin art caterpillar I'd bookmarked from Putti Prapancha. It was so simple to set up, but different enough to be interesting.

I rolled out a couple of sheets of butcher paper. And, set out our washable kid's paint, along with a couple of jars.


I blobbed paint on the bottoms of the jars (a little too much paint in the case of the picture below).


Then, the girls turned the jars over...


...twirled them around...


...and voila! We had a glorious, swirly, contained, mess. To make good swirls it takes a few fresh paint blobs for each swirl, but with less paint, than the for the first one.


The girls made quite a few colorful circles, before they ask for paint brushes to add details to fireworks...


...Dr. Seuss-ish trees...


...and, of course, caterpillars.


C (age five), decided to smear all her swirls together into what she titled...


...a storm at sunset.


It's great to be a homeschooler.

9 comments:

Sarah Slaven said...

Just came across your blog we are homeschoolers too your family seems to have alot of fun together

Phyllis said...

That is a fun and simple activity. I will have to remember it sometime when we have the paint out.

Ticia said...

Those do look fun. We're about to try sharpie fireworks......

Christy said...

We will definitely try this. R would probably swirl all of hers together like that too!

Michelle said...

Very cute idea!!!

ಪುಟ್ಟಿಯ ಅಮ್ಮ/Putti Amma said...

Glad to know ur kids enjoyed it too. Loved how they used brush to make fireworks!
Thanks for the link.

Roopa

Jill @ A Mom With A Lesson Plan said...

I love the storm...that is how ALL of our paintings turn out. Maybe a little more brown. =)

Cheryl said...

Hi,
Along that same line, I've used pin pans before. You can put the puddles of paint on the paper and the pie pan on top. Put your hand in the middle and spin. Very pretty. Bio colors are awesome with this project.I've used blue and green and it turns out looking like Earth!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Cheryl - Terrific! I love the idea of the Earth look.