We love the creative sparks that fly when we add process art to our day. So we got out the salad spinner, did some spin painting and made these gorgeous Spin Art Hearts!! They’re gorgeously swirly and every heart is unique, just like the kids that make them. And the science behind the swirl makes them a perfect STEAM project! So whip up a set of hearts for your Valentine!
What is Spin Painting?
Spin painting or spin art is a process where an item is decorated with paint by spinning the object. The paint flies making cool patterns. What makes the paint fly? Centrifugal force. Centrifugal force is an apparent force that acts outward on a body moving around a center, arising from the body’s inertia. Fancy definition. But it’s something we feel every day. It’s that feeling as you turn the corner in a car or the feeling that you’re going to fly off the merry-go-round at the park.
Add spin painting to your lesson plan or afterschool session for an amazing STEAM lesson!
Spin Art Hearts Supplies Needed
You can also get a kid-friendly spin art machine instead of the salad spinner if you prefer.
How to Make Spin Art Hearts
First, watch these gorgeous hearts in action!
First step, grab a heart, the spinner, and some tape. Tape that heart securely into the bottom of the spinner. Next pour some paint onto the heart. Lots of paint. But don’t worry, you can always do this in phases if you don’t get enough in the first round. Paint, spin, add more paint, spin again.
Then spin! Spin your little heart out (heh heh heh)…
Then open up the spinner and see your gorgeously, swirled heart of art!!
See the Spin Art Hearts in Action!
We made a quick video because the project was so fun and easy!!
Spin Art Heart Valentines
These hearts are gorgous any time of the year, but they make lovely Valentines too!!
More Fun Process Art and Painting Projects for Kids
Magnet Painting – For another fun process art project that adds a little science, try this Magnet Painting activity! It’s a perfect Five Minute STEAM Project!
If all you can think about is hearts these days, these 25 Valentine Process Art Projects for Kids will fill you with the love of process art.
More Sweet Valentine Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math
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Inside you’ll find entertaining and educational projects like:
– Super Sized Crystal Hearts
– Valentine’s Day Speakers
– Magnetic Attraction
– Rocket Valentines
– LED Roses
– And more!
Perfect for children ages 4-10, the step-by-step activities are easy to follow and most use supplies you have already on hand.
So gather up your curious kids and get your Valentine’s Day STEAM on!
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Tell me, what are your favorite ways to learn through the holidays?