Spiral Unplugged Project – Spirograph Fun!

By , February 14, 2010 6:54 pm

The theme for this month’s Unplugged Project is spiral.  All along I had been thinking Spirograph and dug out my old Spirograph sets (yes, I am a packrat!), but we haven’t had a chance to play with those yet.

Coincidentally, my husband gave each of the kids a gift bag full of Valentine’s Day goodies, including a very cute, small, heart-shaped Spirograph-type toy!  They pulled those out this afternoon and had a blast with them.  It was their first time playing with such a thing (although the results reminded the kids of our very fun string art project).

It is still a bit hard for my 4 year-old to manage on her own (holding frame still and keeping the gear tracking along the teeth), but she loved it and it seems like a great exercise in fine motor skills.

When I was a child, the classic Kenner Spirograph was as ubiquitous as Crayola Crayons or Play-Doh.  Everyone had one!  But nowadays, as far as I can tell, this is considered a “vintage toy” that can only be found at places like Ebay.  Am I vintage too??  Feeling a little old here…

Anyhow, I have lots of not-so-vintage ideas of things to do with our Spirograph creations.  Hopefully we’ll get to try them and post about it before the end of the month.



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9 Responses to “Spiral Unplugged Project – Spirograph Fun!”

  1. Beth Cotell says:

    Oh I used to love Spirographs! I can’t believe they don’t make them any more. Guess that makes me vintage too!

  2. Pack me away in the vintage draw too. Spirographs were so much fun! And those little spin art boxes that you’d drop paint on. The box had a spinner that you put paper on and it would draw the paint out on the paper. I have no idea what those things were called anymore… Might have to go buy some Spirographs now that I know they may not be around in a couple years when my daughter is old enough to use one!
    .-= Tiffany @ No Ordinary Homestead´s last blog ..Homemade natural spray disinfectant =-.

  3. Jenny says:

    I had forgotten all about the Spirograph. I had one too, and I loved it! I wonder how many more of your fans are “vintage” also? :o)
    .-= Jenny´s last blog ..The Girls =-.

  4. Jennifer King Lindley says:

    Hi there–cool blog. I am a freelance writer working on an assignment on families going screen-free. Could I email you? You can google me and my email is jenking1@sbcglobal.net. Sorry to leave as a comment but I couldn’t find an email address here…

  5. Andree says:

    I’m in! I even have a spirograph!!
    .-= Andree´s last blog ..Cats on Tuesday: Possum’s Portrait =-.

  6. Amy says:

    Hi! I’ve really enjoyed reading your blog; it’s given us so many great ideas. I gave you the Beautiful Blogger Award today. You can read more about it on my blog: http://amyscruggs.blogspot.com/2010/02/beautiful-blogger-award.html. I’d be honored if you accept it!

  7. […] I promised another Spiral Unplugged Project post and I am finally here with it – at the eleventh hour (a new Monthly Unplugged Project theme begins tomorrow)! […]

  8. Andree says:

    Sorry I’m late! I wish I had been able to delete that other link. But now the post is ready. I am 30 minutes late! I loved loved loved this project and I can’t wait to find out what March’s project is!!
    .-= Andree´s last blog ..Unplugged Project: Spirograph =-.

  9. Susie Harris says:

    I still have my Spirograph and Super Spirograph all intact from my childhood and I use them today to make greetings cards or just have fun. Sometimes I get really into it and make simple great big spirograph patterns on the beach in the sand and I make a kind of string art thing using similar principles.

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