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.