I love combining toys with painting! My 3 y.o. used two spinning tops to good use one fine day, and created a few good results!
He applied paint on the bottom of the tops. Although it is required only on the edge, he insisted on painting the entire bottom.
Well, then he spun them! To make circles, you need to lightly touch the spinning top so that the edge touches the paper. If you don't, you'll end up with only circular spatter! But as touching usually stops the spinning altogether, my kid was initially quite reluctant to do it! Nooooo! Don't touch them!
umm... but don't you want circles?
This was another on going project. He used brushes, forks, spinning tops, sponge stamps etc on paper to create this:
This was the 2nd on-going project that he pulled out. He had spray painted over a large chart paper some days back and now wanted to do something more. So he spinned some tops, stamped some sponges, swirled some forks.
Here's how it turned out!