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!

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  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 =-.

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  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 =-.

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  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…

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  5. Andree says:

    I’m in! I even have a spirograph!!
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  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!

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  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 =-.

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  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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