• Marbles
  • Paper plate
  • Tennis ball can with lid, or something similar
  • 3 plastic spoons
  • Different colored tempera paint
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Newspaper
  • Old t-shirt or smock


  • 1.Line your workspace with newspaper, and have your child wear a smock or old t-shirt in order to avoid messy stains.

  • 2.Cut several pieces of paper, each one big enough to fit inside the can. Roll one piece into the can and leave the lid off.

  • 3. Put at least 3 globs of different colored paint on the paper plate.
  • Roll one or two marbles in each color, and remove each one with a spoon.

  • 4. Drop the paint-covered marbles into the can and pop the lid back on.

  • 5. Invite your child to shake the can up and down, and let her repeat this as many times as she wants.
  • Ask your child to predict what she thinks the painting will look like. Will the colors mix? What shapes will it create?

  • 6. Remove the marbles from the can, and take out the piece of paper. Examine the masterpiece with your child, set it aside to dry.

  • 7.Use the other pieces of paper to make other paintings, experimenting with different colors and different methods of moving the marbles around; try rolling or throwing the can instead of shaking it to see the different results. Hang up each painting around the house for some added flair!


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