Well…no, we haven’t. That’s just a much more catchy title than “We’re Painting With Marbles!” But that’s what we’re doing. We paint a lot around here, even on our our sandwitches. So sometimes we have to mix it up a little bit, and try a fun new technique. (Can you call something that a five and two year old do a “technique”? I’m not sure) This ended up being a fun experiment in sharing, teamwork, and a lesson in cause and effect. Yes, I have to find educational value in everything. To try this “technique” (haha) you will need
Paint, thinned down a bit with water
Paper – something sturdy. The cheapskate used an old file folder (again)
A medicine dropper. I used an old infant ibuprofen dosing thingie.
A cookie sheet or a shallow cardboard box
Put the paper into the box or cookie sheet, and use the medicine dropper to drip some paint. Throw the marbles on and whoosh them around in the cookie sheet or box. Whoosh is the technical term. Convincing the busy bees to actually work together is the hardest part of this project!
Warning…if one tiny monkey puts her face too close to her sister’s paint blob…
This might happen. According to the Little Bee, these are called “frinkles” Love it.
Keep layering on the paint until the little people are satisfied.
The Little Bee kept trying to put the paint directly on the marbles which gave me an idea, so we tried a second “technique.” Instead of putting the paint on the paper, we put it into a bowl, put the marbles into the bowl, then tosses them onto the paper. The effect was a little different, but still cool.
Can you tell which is which?
Overall, this was a pretty fun project, even though it was a little high supervision. I have big plans for these masterpieces, too. Check back in next week to see how to turn them into a fun and personalized display.