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Painting with marbles is surprisingly not too messy and still lots of fun for pre schoolers. Here are three different ways to paint with marbles.
: 10 minutes (my toddler was completely engaged for almost an hour)
: Under 5's
Tray with sides
Tube with a closed end and a lid (we used a Pringles container)
- Marbles in a tube
Roll a piece of paper and insert into the tube.
Drop some marbles in, your little one can practise counting as he does this.
Add a good splodge of paint.
Paper, paint and marbles all in a tube
Put the lid on and secure with some tape if it's not a tight fit.
Give it all a really good shake and then remove the paper.
Give it a good shake
Our paper was mostly covered in paint as the shaking became so much fun, but you could shake for less time.
Marbles in a tube painting picture
- Paint in tray
Using a tray with sides, splodge in some dots of paint.
Let your child put in the marbles. I thought my son would chuck them all in but he wanted to place them in one by one on each paint spot.
Your child can now move around the tray, watching the marbles roll through the paint. They run faster where there is no paint and slow down as they move through the splodges.
Rolling around the marbles is half the fun
Once you've had fun with this, remove the marbles and lay a piece of paper over the top to take a print.
Paint in a tray allowed us to take a few prints
- Paper in the tray
This is very similar to the technique above but put the paper in the tray first.
Add some splodges of paint, place in your marbles and roll around.
Remove the marbles and admire the work of art.
Paper in the tray art
Marbles are a choking hazard so remember not to leave a toddler with them unattended.
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