A while ago, on one of my favorite blogs, I read about spin art. It looked like such fun! So, when I saw this little spin art kit, I picked it up for Thea's stocking. She's been asking to try it daily, and this morning, we we gave it a go.
We both had so much fun with this. My favorite part was that Thea could actually spin the disk and squeeze the paint all by herself. I'm pretty sure that was her favorite part too. (As a side note, I didn't experience the problems stated in the reviews. Our spinner worked just fine, and while the box does get a little soggy, the paint didn't really last that long. These may have been bigger issues for an older kid, but it worked out pretty well for my pre-schooler's somewhat limited attention span. And I never really expected this to be a long-lasting toy/art tool, though I may try to come up with another type of box to make it work after this one is done).
I'm a little bit embarassed to admit this, but when our paint ran out, I knew we should be able to refill the little paint tubes, but, since there was no screw top, I wasn't exactly sure how. It took me a little bit to figure it out. Again, I'm sure this is a no-brainer for most, but I thought I'd share how I did it. I hope you at least get a little laugh.
Squeeze out the air from the tube and put the tip into the paint. Release, the pressure, which will allow the tube to suck up paint. My tube only filled up about 1/3 of the way. Turn the tube so that the tip points up, and slowly squeeze out the air. Insert the tip of the tube into the paint and then release again. Repeat until your tube is filled.
I know, I know, so easy! I'm not sure why I didn't think of it sooner. :)