Spin Art & Smoothie Bike

Did you know that bikes can also make great art and tasty smoothies? We have access to four static bikes locally, so contact us if you would like to borrow one (or two). Even better if you can collect it yourself. We currently have two bikes at Dunstable, one at Bedford and one in Peterborough.


We would also ask you to watch the video below, where Derek and Richard talk you through setting up and using the bike.

A guide exists to using the smoothie attachment - here. This can also help for using it as a paint spinner. A full example risk assessment example can be found here.

Smoothie Factory resources can be downloaded:


Rating Cards



Derek's recipe booklet will be available here soon.


Smoothie Bike

Sample ingredients: bananas, strawberries, cherries, frozen soft fruit packs (you can get smoothie packs, but mango, pineapple and blueberries all work well), juice (apple orange, pineapple, mango are all good).

Adding interest: experiment by adding cocoa, milk (hot or cold), avocado, kale, honey.

Do check for allergies or any intolerances. 

Keep ingredients separate in bowls with spoons. Bananas can be halved.

Each bike comes with two blenders. A colleague can be washing out one while you are supervising the bike.

Spin Art

You can use plain paper sheets, but we use paper plates, available cheaply in packs of 50 in most supermarkets (try and avoid plastic coated plates as not only are they bad for the environment but the paint doesn't properly absorb on the surface). You can use standard ready mixed watercolour paint. Even with limited primary colours, you can get good results. You will use more red and blue than any other colour. Purple and turquoise are good options for adding interest.

Before they go, children should write their name and class on the back of their plate.

Get the children to think about how colours work together - how they can use complementary colours or contrasting colours. How do you make different colours?

You can add sparkles (glitter). Perhaps use a glue stick to put a cut-out paper shape or pattern on the plate before spinning. Then wait for the paint to dry and peel off the shape to reveal the outline.

Use paint sparingly - you only need a little bit. It's worth supervising this stage as otherwise things get messy.