Mar­ble paint­ing

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL FEATURES -

Agreat hand-eye co­or­di­na­tion and multi-task­ing ac­tiv­ity for the young ones, paint­ing with mar­bles is a fab­u­lous idea to keep your young ones busy on a cold af­ter­noon th­ese hol­i­days. Put a squirt of paint into each sec­tion of a plas­tic paint­ing dish or a muf­fin tin if you so wish. Get out some spoons, mar­bles, pa­per and a rec­tan­gu­lar bak­ing dish. Add a cou­ple of mar­bles to each paint colour. Put the pa­per into the bak­ing dish and us­ing the spoons, trans­fer the mar­bles, once they have been im­mersed in paint, into the bak­ing dish. Get the chil­dren to tilt the dish, keep­ing a close eye on the mar­bles so they don’t fall out and di­rect­ing the mar­bles through the paint at the same time. If you have a cou­ple of chil­dren, get them to work to­gether on the paint­ing. This adds a fur­ther chal­lenge to the ac­tiv­ity be­cause the chil­dren have to tilt the box the same way at the same time – not an easy thing to do. Chil­dren will en­joy rolling the paint­cov­ered mar­bles around and around the pa­per to cre­ate painty de­signs. And tak­ing out the old mar­bles, adding new mar­bles, try­ing new paint colour com­bi­na­tions. It’s about the process af­ter all. Once the mar­bles get a lit­tle too much paint on them, it is a good idea to rinse some of the paint off in be­tween each child’s turn. This helps keep the mar­bles rolling through the paint bet­ter. Oth­er­wise, the mar­bles can get all goopy and not roll very well at all.

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