Y’all this activity is a huge hit in my house. We did salad spinner art twice now and Rea consistently asks for us to do it again. It is so simple, so easy, and so much fun.

This preschool art activity is a great example of process art and operating a salad spinner requires lots of motor skills that we do not normally use. 

Grab a FREE copy of the template in the Required Materials section below.

Lil’ Explorers Focus Skills

Visual Arts

  • Use a variety of visual art materials (paint, markers, crayons, clay) with minimal adult assistance
  • Use visual arts to represent people, places, and things, using spatial awareness to coordinate the features of the representation
  • Explore the use of materials in a variety of different ways
  • Identify different visual art materials
  • Identify basic colors

Motor Skills

  • Coordinating the use of arms, hands, and fingers together to manipulate objects with increasing accuracy
  • Engage in activities that require hand-eye coordination
  • Engage in non-locomotor body movements with balance and coordination (Stand on tip toes and raise your arms)

Lil’ Creators Focus Skills

Visual Arts

  • Use a variety of visual art materials (paint, markers, crayons, clay) with minimal adult assistance
  • Use visual arts to represent people, places, and things, with accuracy and detail
  • Explore the use of materials in a variety of different ways
  • Identify different visual art materials
  • Identify basic colors and understand that you can combine colors to make new colors

Motor Skills

  • Coordinate the use of hands, wrists, and fingers to complete tasks that require more precise movements
  • Engage in activities that require hand-eye coordination with increasing accuracy
  • Engage in non-locomotor body movements with balance, coordination, and control (twist and bend)

Required Materials

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Salad Spinner Zoo Animals Template

*Salad Spinner

*Squeeze Bottles

*Washable Paint

Water

Step #1

Print and cut out the Salad Spinner Animal Template. 

Step #2

Water down washable paint so that you have a 1:1 ratio of paint and water in a squeeze bottle.

Step #3

Place one of the animals inside the salad spinner.

Squirt your paint mixtures on the paper.

Step #4

Close the salad spinner and start spinning.

Open up the salad spinner and observe how the paint has moved.

Step #5

Repeat this process for all the animals.

Teacher Tip

I did buy a separate salad spinner for this art activity, but because we’re using watered down washable non-toxic paints you can very easily throw your salad spinner in the dishwasher after using it with the paint and then reuse it with your food.

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