Planned obsolescence is not always good for the environment. Oddly, it can be good for artists. Inventors are always trying to improve on mundane devices. If they are successful it is better for daycare providers! Each abandoned commonplace goodie becomes a lucky gizmo for us! Discarded record-players, pendulums, and kitchen gadgets, can all be used for creating art.
Today we played with the magnificent Salad-Spinner! These wondrous contraptions are available weekly at re-use stores. Keep that plastic out of the photo-degradating polymer mire in the ocean! Teach the kids about plastic in the environment and recycling, while you also create one of the finest pieces for their growing œuvre d’art. Even the tiniest of tots can help you dribble water-based paint onto a paper disc. Paper plates add bas-relief. A little spin and Voilà! Hang the works of your Pequeño Picassos on scraps of rescued fishing line and you have instant pop-art to cover an entire wall. They remind me of Wayne Thiebaud‘s work: Three Machines.
While the kids are spinning their paint onto paper plates try this:
- gently ramble on about Centrifugal force (from Latin centrum, meaning “center”, and fugere, meaning “to flee”)
- murmur something about the physics of light waves and rainbows
- introduce primary colours
- teach the mnemonic device ROY G BIV (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, and Violet)
- Talk about Pop-Art
- Sing a song about rainbows
- Read Counting with Wayne Thiebaud by Susan Goldman Rubin
- Cut holes in the paper plates and make masks for Carnaval (Mardi Gras falls on February 21st, 2012!)