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Marble Painting
By Brandie Valenzuela

Marble painting is a popular method of painting for preschool aged children and up. The activity isn't too messy and the results are beufiful and always different.

AGE LEVEL: 2 years and up


  1. Cardboard box, with sides approximately 4 inches high. A copy paper box lid is perfect, but any other box would work great too.

  2. Paint, 3-4 colors is preferred

  3. Spoon

  4. 1-3 marbles for each color of paint

  5. Paper -- just about any kind of paper will work, however, it works best with paper that is thicker than traditional copy paper.


  • To protect your workspace, cover it with newspaper. Place a smock or old shirt on each child that will be particpating in this activity. Place each color of paint on its own plate, and then put 1-3 marbles in each color of paint. Put one spoon into each color of paint.


  • Place a piece of paper in the bottom of the box. The better your paper fits the better. Have the child scoop the marbles out of each color and place them into the paper lined box. Next, have the child shake the box from side to side and tilt it up and down, creating a motion that has the marbles rolling all over the paper.

  • After the marble have distributed the paint on the paper, you will see a colorful display of lines and designs. Remove the marbles from the paper and place them back on the paint plates so that they are ready for the next child. Remove paper from box and allow to dry completely.

Marble painted artworks looks great on your refrigerator or bulletin board, but it can also be used for other purposes such as book covers or wrapping paper. Be creative!

© 2001 - Brandie Valenzuela. All Rights Reserved.

About the Author: Brandie Valenzuela is married mother of three children, who enjoys working at home as a freelance writer and editor.

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