Spin Art





Name of Activity

Spin Art




spin art, motors, gears


Simple Machines

Grade Level

K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5


1 Hour Total

Brief Description

Legos are used to create a “spin art machine” to attach to a box.

Lesson Objectives:

- Understand how to use gears and motors together.

Materials Needed:

- A box with a flap at the top and a small square to squirt paint into

- two to three gears of different sizes per spin art machine

- Lego motor

- Lego beams

- Axles

Preparation and Set Up:

- Prepare a box with a flap opening and a small square opening at the top of flap.

- Prepare one box per group of students

- split students into groups of 4-5 per group

- Assemble a kit with a few axles, lego beams, and a few gears of different sizes

Necessary Background

Understand how to use motors.

Understand basics to gears


Have students construct a small machine using a few Legos and gears. Once the students build the machine, attach a motor to the axle of the gear system.


When building gear system, advise students to make a simple gear system. More than two gears will make a gear train that will be hard to move with the motor.

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