Remember those gadgets when we were little that spun around, you dropped some paint in the middle, and abracadabra- the COOLest little circle of art ever? They still make them (probably not like they used to, kids), but when I saw this bad boy at Homegoods, all those Pinterest posts came flooding back into my craft brain.
Did I mention we were on day 4 of blizzard captivity? We went through an arsenal of kiddo activities. Numero Uno was the salad spinner painting. I started by cutting out paper to fit the inside of our salad spinner.
At first, I squirted some paint onto the center of each circle and let Oliver have a whirl (pun intended). The paint was a little thick and didn’t go very far.
So I mixed some water in with our paints and let the kids pour the paint onto their circles. Better results.
Both kids loved spinning. And spinning and spinning.
Eleanor was very careful about pouring her paint on the paper (Oliver spilled two containers of paint during this project).
When all was said and done, we have a nice display of salad spinner art (out of Martha’s reach per Eleanor’s request).
The next two activities were more “experiments” or as Eleanor observed, like science. Both Pinterest finds here and here. Science Exploration #1: Dancing Raisins. SUPER simple. Seltzer water and raisins. We didn’t even have raisins so I substituted dried cranberries.
The bubbles in the seltzer ‘stick’ to the crannies of the ‘Craisin’ (say that ten times fast) and dehydrated dance fever gets underway. And they danced for a while, folks… a good time-out could be to plop your kid in front of some dancing cranberries and have them sit until the dancing stops.
Science Exploration #2 was Traveling Water. Take a few glasses of water and add food coloring. Put a strip of paper towel into your liquid and leave the other end hanging over another container.
We watched as the colored liquid slowly worked its way up the paper towels and gradually walked its way into the ramikens.
After the frenzy of the salad spinning painting, it was nice to have two very simple, very quiet activities for the kids. We talked about what was happening so they were participating, just not in the overtly physical way of the salad spinning.
p.s. Yes, I’m aware that Eleanor has been wearing the same pink costume for like the last six posts… she wore it to the museum today. Apparently, that’s how she rolls. I dunno.