Create beautiful and unique Earth Day spin art with your kids, while also learning about different environments on our planet. This project gives a twist to typical spin-art by adding glue at the end, which is then used to affix sand, dirt, and baking soda to give your Earths an intriguing texture and to spark conversation about the different environments on Earth!
- Spin-Art apparatus
- Tempera or Poster Paints
- Eye dropper or squeeze bottle (you can also just use a spoon)
- Baking Soda
- School Glue
- Cut paper to the size of your spin-art box and affix to the spinner
- Prepare green and blue paint to your liking. You can also experiment with adding a little water to thin the paints and see what different effects you get.
- While spinning, drop, pour, or drip paint onto the paper.
- When you’re happy with the paint portion, squeeze about a teaspoon of glue right in the center of the spinning paper, then turn off the machine.
- Sprinkle sand where you want to create a desert, dirt where you want to create a continent with fertile land, and baking soda on where you want frozen tundra.
- Shake off excess, let dry, and admire your work!
My four year old really enjoyed this whole process and made six spin-art Earths in one sitting. We discussed where on (actual) Earth exists deserts, temperate and tropical forests, and tundra, some of the animals that live in those environments, and what it’s like to live in each.
We also made our own spin-art box together, which added a lot to the experience for her. If you’re interested, check out our DIY spin-art box here!