Friday, March 11, 2011

Marble Painting with a Friend

An oatmeal container with a lid makes a great tool for marble painting with a friend.

Cut paper to fit inside the container. Drop marbles in paint and add a spoon (for scooping).

There are marbles in those cups of paint. I promise.
Place the paper inside the container. Scoop out the paint-covered marbles and drop them in the container, too.

Put on the lid and ask a friend for help. Roll the container back and forth.

Take out the paper. Let the friend repeat the process and help her roll the container back and forth.

Let the striped paintings dry. Fun stuff!

I like to do marble painting in various ways with my kindergartners. (Here's the giant marble painting we did last year.)

This technique works really well for all ages of preschoolers, especially 2s and 3s since the paint is all contained. When I do this with 2s and younger 3s, I'll wrap a piece of masking tape across the lid for a little extra insurance.

(And because of my sickness I'm excited to reuse and repurpose that oatmeal container! Here's another way to reuse that oatmeal container.)

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

PreK + K Sharing


  1. R Scott Wiley YOU are a genius! I LOVE this idea. I will need to show this one off on Fb this morning! Thank you.
    Donna :) :)

  2. Thanks Donna. I like the title genius!

    Glad you like it, Amy.

  3. Anna, all my kids did it. And that's not the norm with the art center.

  4. Scott,
    Very nice to read this.
    I'll try this with my children, it's wonderful to see all the ways children can paint, the ideas seem endless, no reason to run out of things to do I think.

  5. I think you're right, Brenda. I always say you can paint with just about anything!

  6. As I mentioned before, I love this! Collaboration at it's best! Thanks for linking up over at PreKandK Sharing We LOVE Paint linky party!