A Ball, A Box, and A Lot of Paint

Thursday, July 14, 2011

You probably spend a lot of time with kids if you get excited over boxes. We recently went to IKEA, and I was giddy over the possibilities of using the big, long boxes that stored the bookshelves. I informed the other household members not to tear it apart to put inside our recycling can.




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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6 comments:

Jamie @ hands on : as we grow said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I love these big rolling ball paintings! I love any kind of art that involves movement - what I like to call Big Art! Awesome!

mamapoekie said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

great idea! putting this in Sunday Surf tomorrow

Rebekah said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

mamapoekie, Thank you so much for including me in your Sunday Surf!!!

Rebekah said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Jamie, I am glad you loved our Big Art. Combining movement and art is always a win-win!

citysightsforkids said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

This is beautiful. Though not quite as exciting as large boxes, magnetized balls (or any metals objects) and magnetized wands can also produce some exciting artwork. Place a piece of paper in a box lid or on a baking sheet with a number of metal objects and few blobs of paint. While holding the box at the appropriate height, have your little artist use a magnet or magnet wand (easier for smaller hands) on the underside of the box to drag the metal through the paint. You can even throw in a science lesson on magnets by including items in the box that are not attracted to the magnet.

Rebekah said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thank you, City, for the compliments! Definitely like the idea of creating paintings with magnets!

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