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Painting with Marbles

ages 2-5


White paper, cookie sheet or other sided pan, paints, marbles

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Place a white sheet of paper on a cookie sheet or other pan with taller sides. Place several drops of paint (different colors) on the paper. Then, place a few marbles in the pan, have your child roll them around, and see what designs can be made!


Ramya said:

Other Savvy parents recommend dropping the marbles into washable glitter paint that has been thinned down with a little soapy water.

- Posted on Jun 15, 2007

Shelley said:

Note: You can also use paints other than glitter paints as well as a rectangular baking dish or shallow cardboard box to put the paper in with the marbles ( anything with an enough of an edge that when you move the box or dish around, the marbles don't easily roll out).

- Posted on Jun 23, 2007

amyanddaniel said:

This activity is also fun when using black paper and white paint. My son thinks it looks like a spider web!

- Posted on Jun 25, 2007

novelline said:

Kind of messy, but the kids certainly don't mind!

- Posted on Jun 25, 2007

kris said:

I have done this activity with my 3 year old son and he loved it. The artwork that we made was really pretty! To add some texture, you can always sprinkle in sand or sugar into the paint. Just be sure to know exactly how many marbles you are using for this activity. You'll want to make sure that none are missing when you clean up, as smaller children could try to eat them and choke!

- Posted on Jun 27, 2007

ashleyoneill said:

You can also experiment with different size balls to create different patterns in the paint.

- Posted on Mar 8, 2008

This sounds cool but I cant use marbles in a classroom (choking hazard)

- Posted on Sep 21, 2008

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