|Did you have one of these?|
Fast forward to being an art teacher and (sort of) an adult.
Behold, my salad spinner.
But what if you throw some paint and paper in there? Could this little spinner create the centrifugal force of my childhood toy? I had read about the idea, and had to find out.
|Pieces of paper cut to fit inside|
An RES third grader was more than willing to help me with this little experiment. Here, she has placed the paper inside and dripped in some paint.
|Tempera or other thick paints work well for this|
Not quite like we'd hoped.
Now we were getting somewhere. But the closed top bummed us out, because we couldn't add the paint while it was in motion. I am still brainstorming that one, because the concentric circles possible with the open-topped toy version were really cool.
|The paper just sat on the bottom, no tape needed to hold it in place.|
Not to be deterred, we continued! They came out pretty wonderful, and we are thinking about making more so that the student has enough to create her own mobile of these beauties spinning around from the ceiling.
Opening the top is fun every time. It feels giddy, like opening a little surprise gift.
|The paper doesn't have to be circular- triangles or squares would work as well.|
Now I need to acquire more salad spinners, so a whole grade level can get in on this magic.
If you have one collecting dust, please consider donating it to the art room!