I remembered seeing other examples of marble painting on the internet, and my daughter had done it with our playgroup. This box would be perfect for painting with balls because the shape of it resembles a bowling alley. Painting with balls is not my original idea because the The Artful Parent demonstrated painting with balls in a child's swimming pool.
First, Miss E chose the colors to paint the box and picked every color in the box.
I explained to her how to squirt blobs of paint across the length of the box. It was a challenge for her to open the bottles and squirt the paint, and I realized how important it was that I allowed her to help set up this painting project because she practiced fine and gross motor skills.
We sat at opposite ends of the box and rolled a small ball back and forth. Miss E loved this, and it maintained her interest for a half an hour. At some point, I created more challenge by setting goals of aiming for certain colors of paint in the box. We talked about how the ball spread across the paint, and how the colors changed when the ball rolled across with different colors.
She ended up with paint all over her hands and a little on the floor, but it washed off easily. She has been asking to do this again, and I am glad we have one more box.
Painting with balls helps support gross motor skills by rolling the ball and aiming for targets (the colors). It builds the concept of cause and effect when the children observe what the ball does to the paint and how the colors change when mixed together.
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