Sunday, July 11, 2010

I'm Still Smiling

I'm still smiling from our experience this week. A few weeks ago I saw super-sized marble painting on Let the Children Play. Immediately I thought, "We're doing that." So, today, we did it.

I purchased a large canvas (not as large as Jenny's but large enough). And attached some cardboard around the edges to form the wall. Now, at this point, I thought this would be my failure for the year. My stapler didn't have staples long enough to attach the cardboard to the canvas. So I used tape loops and tape strips. It wasn't pretty but I thought it would work.

And work it did. Here it is in action.

We used regular marbles and some textured marbles from the floral department. Then we used some "diamond" shapes marbles and a suction-cup ball.

The kids had to work together to move the marbles around the canvas. I heard lots of good conversation about how to get things done and what to do to work together. Also, comments about colors to use and where to place the paint.

Here's what the painting looked like at the end of the session.

The kids loved it. And I did, too. It's the most excited I've been about an activity in a long time. Except maybe next week. Next week we're adding to our painting. We're going to use a variation of Teacher Tom's Boy Art.

I'm smiling at the thought of that, too.

I've linked this post with other painting ideas on PreK + K Sharing blog.

PreK + K Sharing


  1. I love it too! I love that this is more than just another marble painting idea but it invites your students to work and play together as they create. Your box is fabulous:) I m so glad that you posted this activity - it really reminds me of how fun something like this can be - now I can't wait to try it!

  2. I love it too Scott. I think that canvas size looks perfect.

  3. Awesome, Scott! I'm going to build one like this!

  4. That's it now I want a canvas marble painting too!
    Donna :) :)

  5. We'll have to give this one a go too, your pictures turned out great! Canvas size is best!

  6. I LOVE projects like these!! My six year old has just as much fun with it as my 2 year old, and the end result is really pretty too!! Looks like the kids had a great time with this!

  7. This is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Going BIG with art is always AWESOME!!!! Thanks for linking up over at PreKandK Sharing We LOVE Paint linky party!