Summertime is in full swing over here. After wiping sweat beads away from my forehead, burning my legs on my car’s black leather seat, and spewing insults at the heavy and thick 105 degree weather, I vowed to stay inside as much as possible. So here we are, cool and comfortable and messy — making art. We’ve got a few fave projects to share, but will start with this gem — perfect for every season and every kid (even baby K involved herself). If you haven’t tried marble shake painting before, you really are missing out. It’s easy, as quick as you want it to be, and consistently generates dynamic and colorful results. And don’t let my messy comment dissuade you, because this project creates a very contained mess and isn’t itself to blame for my daughters’ pink bodies and streaked hair (see, ever since K introduced herself to finger painting two weeks ago, she now deems it appropriate to paint herself and her sister every chance she gets).
If you have a few marbles on hand, you’ll likely have everything you need:
- high-sided baking tin
- Cut your paper to fit your tin and place inside
- Pour a few globs of paint onto your paper (use as many colors as you want — we experimented with both monochrome and multi-color painting)
- Toss the marbles in the tin
It’s just good, semi-clean, sensory fun! I’m actually in the process of developing an art enrichment course for preschoolers that includes a segment on Abstract Expressionism, and this project will absolutely be included. Marble shake painting and Pollock’s drip painting = a match made in preschool heaven.