Monday, March 10, 2014

Turn, Turn, Turn Top - Little Kid Art Project

Turn, Turn, Turn Tops

Age: 18 Months - 8 Years or older (younger ones need more supervision)

Time: 15 min (+ lots more time playing with them!)

Theme: Color Mixing, Games

Books: White Rabbit’s Color Book by Alan Baker, Color Dance by Ann Jonas

8” Round Cake Board (the cardboard base that bakeries use under their cakes)
Glass Beads (also called gems – they ones that are flat on one side)
Adults get to us a Hot Glue Gun

Prep: Set out the materials and plug in the hot glue gun safely out of reach

Activity: Each child gets a cake board and crayons. Decorate it any way you like! The ADULT then glues a glass bead to the center of the bottom. As soon as the glue cools, spin your top!

Notes/Tips: Ask you child what happened when their design was spinning. Challenge bigger kids to create a design that creates an optical illusion (like a spiral) or to experiment with the placement of the bead.

*The waxy surface of some cake boards resists crayon. If you want more vibrant colors try a student grade oil pastel (cray pas) or Crayola Construction Paper Crayons.  


  1. This is an awesome and easy art project. Where do you get the colored beads?

    Thanks so much for sharing on the #homeschoollinkup!

    1. Hi Lisa - Thanks for hosting!
      I found the beads at the 99 Cent Store but I have gotten them at our local craft store too. I have seen them in places like Bed Bath and Beyond as well. Sometimes they are used in glass vases to simulate water for silk flowers