Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Baby Play: Colours Spin Art Mobile

With two very besotted big sisters, Baby Boo is definitely at risk of being smothered in big sister love at the moment!  They just want to play with him all the time, so to try and channel some of this affection, I suggested the girls might enjoy making something for him.  So we got busy making a spin art mobile, whilst Boo had his nap.

Babies love bright and contrasting colours and at 3 months old Boo is really loving looking around at things so this is a great thing to hang above him to look up at.

Out came the salad spinner and all the paints.  I just love this picture, above, of some great cooperative working, with Little Chick helping Shoeshine squeeze the paint out - alas this is not what it's like in our house the rest of the time!

We haven't done spin art for a while so it was great to see how much Shoeshine has grown up and how much more she can do independently since we did it last.

In goes the paint

Time for a spin.  Lots of good practice for gross motor skills to get it spinning.

A voila!

I absolutely love spin art, it's so simple but produces such fantastic splashes of colour, needless to say the girls love it too!  

I then made a cross with two pieces of wood and fixed them together with a bolt in the middle.  Then using some colourful thread I fixed the spinners on with knots.  At the top the thread was just wrapped around the wood and tied and at the bottom I use a hole punch to create the holes.  It's hung on a small hook in the ceiling above his cot, so it can be put up or taken down as and when.  Boo is pretty chilled at the moment and doesn't find it hard to drop off to sleep, so it just stays up all the time. If a baby struggles with settling and is prone to over stimulation I would probably take it down for sleep time and just have it up for play times.

Each hanging disk is two spin art circles, I decided not to glue them together as I liked the added shape that it gives as most of them are not completely flat.  

All that was needed next was one beautiful baby!

He absolutely loved watching it go round, trying to move to be able to see them and the girls were very excited to have made something for their baby brother to play with.  Each morning Little Chick goes in and gives it a good spin round and 'oohs' and 'ahhs' at her little brother watching it go round!

Other spin art ideas, check out our spin art solar system we did a while ago.


  1. I would have never thought to use the salad spinner for this, I LOVE IT. What a great idea!
    I would love for you to share this on our made for or by kids linky http://wemadethat.blogspot.com/2012/08/we-made-that-linky-2.html

    1. Glad you like it, thanks for the invite, hopping over there now - love linkies - so many great ideas to share. Ellie

  2. Awe so cute!! Love that the older siblings made this for their new baby. So so sooo sweet!

    Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!


  3. thanks for sharing.


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