Even though my son is not naturally drawn to art projects, he likes to get creative when there is some sort of physical activity involved. He likes art which is action oriented: sticking, squirting, mixing, smooshing, spinning and now… rolling.
First, gather materials: baking pans with high sides, paper cut to fit, marbles, washable paint (at least once that marble will escape and roll all over the floor) in bowls with spoons.I decided to simplify with black and white paint to provide a secret lesson in contrast.
Drop the marbles in paint and use a spoon to get marbles covered in paint. Drop the marbles into tray. FYI, the non-OCD child who can handle getting his hands messy may dispense with the spoon.Roll the marbles around. I was surprised at how interesting Kiddo thought this was. Instead of going crazy like he usually does, he thoughtfully manipulated and watched the action of the marble. I realized it could also be a science lesson. Hmmmm, future physicist?We used two different sized baking trays. I wished I had something lighter than this glass pyrex but it did provide excellent control for some back and forth action.The completed works: Kiddo seemed like he was poised to do a few more but then he realized, “Marbles! I should roll these around the apartment, instead!” I was wondering what took him so long. However, the marbles and a paper towel tube did provide him with enough entertainment that I was able to attend to New Kid’s worst. napping. day. evaaaahhh.
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So what do you do with all your new marble paintings? We use some for cards that Kiddo sends to his grandparents and we hang some of it up. What else can we do with it besides put it in a box?
For the record, I would like to add that yes, Kiddo does seem to be always wearing his pj’s and while he does spend a lot more time in them now than he used to (pre-New Kid), we do tend to do these activities in the morning while our outdoor excursion happens in the afternoon. For which (hopefully) we get dressed.