Spin art is a classic, fun activity that kids absolutely love to create!
But creating streamers as a 4th of July craft was the last thing on Henry’s mind. I tried for many days and many approaches to create these. Sometimes I just don’t win.
Okay, a lot of times.
Then, I saw a post from Adventures of the Smith Family: Spin Art Patriotic Garland!
With a salad spinner on hand and yet to try spin art. This is my opportunity to create the streamers with Henry.
Creating our Spin Art Streamers:
During another afternoon of digging outside with his backhoe, I brought the salad spinner outside. [Does anyone else's salad spinner have holes in the outside tub? I found this odd...]
Along with some watered down red and blue paint, spoons and coffee filters, I enticed Henry to come check it out.
Drip a little paint of each color onto the coffee filter.
Then the fun part!
Spin. Spin. Spin!
[Or, you can drip one color, spin, and then drip the other color and spin.]
Check out those creations!
Henry was in complete awe of them.
Sometimes it takes a couple of times to get enough coverage. Simply add a little bit more paint and spin again until you get the result you’re looking for.
I could have left them alone… very beautiful and fun spin art!
However, I was looking for a 4th of July craft to do… so, we made them into streamers!
After letting the coffee filters dry for a little bit, I cut them in swirls.
This could have been a great fine motor skills and cutting activity if Henry was to that stage in cutting. But he’s still getting the hang of cutting a straight line, let alone in circles close together. So I cut it this time!
I asked Henry to grab me four sticks that were still floating around in his sandbox after we created the Tin Can Forest. He grabbed me four. No questions asked. [Very proud mom.]
I tied the cut coffee filters onto each stick. [Though looking back, I should have used yarn to tie them on.]
Hand them over to your preschooler, and you have super safe sparklers for the 4th of July!
Otherwise known as streamers…
- Super simple coffee filter fireworks found at No Time For Flash Cards.
- A red, white & blue coffee filter bunting for your porch, the tutorial is at Katydid and Kid.
- Crafts by Amanda makes patriotic coffee filter flowers.
- Little Wonders Days’ made a pop rocket with a coffee filter and toilet paper tube!
Henry is 3 years old.