easy firework kids art activity spin art fireworks

It’s been awhile since we’ve done any salad spinner spin-art, so I decided to let Sutton give it a whirl (haha!) while Sawyer and Mitch were off at karate class last night.

small boy preparing firework art supplies
First we watered down some red and blue tempera paint so that it would be easier to suck up with the eyedroppers and easier to spin.

boy adding paint to plate
Sutton has really mastered his dropper skills since the last time we tried this activity! Note: now is the time to put down some plastic/newpapers/paper towels/etc underneath your spinner. The paint will start to accumulate and puddle, and in the end it will end up ALL over your work area if you don’t put something down…just sayin’ 🙂

paint on plate inside of salad spinner
Give your paper a few good squirts of paint to ensure that you’ll get the “fireworks” results you want.

boy closing lid of salad spinner
Now it’s time for the fun part…spinning the heck out of the salad spinner! This part was a huge hit because Sutton now has the coordination to do the whole project by himself…such a hit, in fact, that we made about three times the amount of spin art that I was expecting to!

cool kid art craft salad spinner fireworks
Voila! Red, White and Blue Magic! Every time Sutton opened the salad spinner to check out his work he’d say “Boom! Look at that cool firework, Mom!”

salad spinner fireworks hung up on stairs
We added some patriotic star garland from the dollar store and gave our stairs a sparkling 4th of July makeover!
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    1. Hi Tiffany, if you use a non-toxic washable paint, you should be able to wash it all off and still be able to use your salad spinner for food. Personally, we have an extra salad spinner (that we picked up at a thrift store for $1!) that we use only for art projects. 🙂

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  2. love this! thanks so much for linking up to handmade tuesdays, I am actually featuring this idea and I finally got around to handmade features 🙂