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Marble Rolling with the Art Group

by Jean Van't Hul
July 3, 2008

We did some marble rolling with the Toddler Art Group yesterday. I had a bag of marbles that we had picked up at a yard sale a couple of years ago along with those wooden blocks that you can build a marble run with. I had put the marbles away, until now, because of the choking hazard (Maia used to put everything in her mouth). But I remembered the marbles and have been wanting to try rolling them with paint. This is Nathan's painting, above.

I got out our cake pans, pie pans, and baking dishes and cut paper to fit. I placed a bowl of marbles on the table as well as cups of paint and spoons (for fishing the marbles out of the paint cups). I've seen this activity around, but got the specifics from MaryAnn Kohl's Scribble Art.

Here's Justin, rolling his paint covered marble around the cake pan. Little brother Nathan is watching. (Nathan is still in the oral stage, but we watched him closely, and he was able to enjoy the marble fun.)

Vivi found another use for the cups of paint. 🙂

I think they all enjoyed the activity! It was easy and fun. Have you tried it? You can use larger balls too. I was just thinking how fun it would be with playground-size balls and one of those little kiddie pools. Not sure where you'd get a piece of paper big enough, though…

Thanks to Rachel for taking photos yesterday!

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