Looking for a fun idea to incorporate a bit of messy play fun into your day? This marble painting for kids was created just for that! All you need are a few simple supplies and a creative and excited child to get started!
(and don’t worry, there’s a mess-free version that you can do as well!)
Marble Painting For Kids – Messy Play Art Indoor Fun
If you’re looking for a fun way to add some change to your indoor art creativity time, check out this simple and fun messy play idea.
While it might look as though it’s geared towards younger kids, our older ones jumped in and loved it just as much. Plus, it’s a great way to use marbles other than finding them on the floor and hiding under the couch!
(If younger children are doing this, please make certain to supervise since small marbles are being used in this messy play activity!)
Here is a video of the art activity:
Messy Play Art Indoor Fun
Marble painting isn’t a new concept but it’s one that isn’t quite as common. We love to use this as our messy plan time because it’s unique, fun, and gives their arms a little work out as well. And if they’re looking for a way to create their own rainbow, they might just be able to accomplish that with this fun painting activity!
How to paint with marbles the messy play way
The best part? This is so simple to set up!
All you have to do is take your paint and squeeze it into a paint dish or paper plate. Then, drop in your marbles. (You can use as few or as many as you want)
Next, take a piece of paper and put it into the tray. Follow that up by adding in the paint-covered marbles onto the paper and start to move around the tray.
Then, let them loose and watch them love it! I’ve created a really cool video on our Instagram page as well to show you how it works! (make certain to check it out and follow us for more fun stories and ideas!)
Just be aware it’s known to by messy for a reason. Our daughter got overly messy because she kept picking out the marbles and putting them back in the paint to get more so your child may or may not be the same way. Her doing that though did give her a much more colorful painting!
Not keen on a messy marble painting activity?
It’s totally fine, I get it! All you need to do is make a few alterations to create a mess-free version that is still a ton of fun.
You can use a deeper tray or even opt for using a container with a lid. (like a whipped cream tub or container or even an old ice cream container) You can also use an old Ferrerro box, that works great as well. (plus it gives you the green light to consume a bit of chocolate, too!)
If you are using a container, just add your piece of paper inside of it as well. Using the container means that your child won’t have to touch the paint and they can even shake and bounce the marbles around more since there is a lid in place!
Here’s an example of an owl marble painting that we did using an old ice cream container!
No problem! Use a deeper tray or a container with a lid. (Like an old ice cream container with a piece of paper cut to size.) Your child won’t need to touch the paint and you’ll get a cool marble paint picture with the ability to now shake and bounce the marbles too.
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