Rolled Easter Egg Painting

When my daughter was about 2 1/2, her very favorite art activity was rolling paint-coated marbles all over sheets of paper. We made Rolling Rock Paintings with smooth rocks and Spooky Marble Spider Webs for Halloween. With Easter coming up, I was inspired to make something fun with the plastic eggs that consume dollar stores across the country. Not only is this fun to do, but the set up is easy and it’s a novel way to celebrate the spring season. On the developmental/arts experience level, kids will make choices about the colors they use, they will be active (standing and moving!), and they’ll learn how to manipulate the uneven balance of a rolling egg (as opposed to a more predictable rolling marble).

Materials

  • Easter eggs. I used plastic, but just about any eggs will do. If you can pry the chocolate ones away from your kids, more power to you!
  • Paint. Tempera or biocolors. Washable is always preferable!
  • Paper
  • Tray to hold the paper. We used a wooden tray, but I’ve also had great success with an open cardboard box.

Before we got to rolling, N wanted to dip half-eggs in the paint…

And print them.

Then she took a closed egg, rolled it in red and white paint (because her favorite color is pink, and she’s proud of her color-mixing knowledge!)…

…and then rolled it on the paper.

A few colors later!

So much fun. And clean up wasn’t too difficult — as long as you keep those eggs on the paper and in the tray!

What do you think?

This post is linked to It’s Playtime

Comments

  1. says

    If you used safe paint that could adhere to real eggs you could make a painting and dye your Easter eggs at the same time! 2 for 1 deal!!!!! Or use wooden eggs/acrylic paint and use them as a decoration—–your plastic egg looks so cool too!!!!! Now you got me thinking!

  2. says

    Love this!! We love rolling paint too. Have done it with marbles, pebbles, golf balls, acorns too… Cut them out and made thank you cards for her bday this yr:)

    • rachelle says

      Hi Roopa! I bet acorns would make an interesting pattern. We’ll have to try that. And these would make for some spectacular cards — thanks for sharing the good idea.

  3. Christi says

    I have found that the best container to do projects like this in is the lid of a copy paper box. Masking tape under the corners holds it to the cardboard pretty well, and the higher sides keep the rollig objects contained.

    • rachelle says

      Awesome input, Christi! And I totally agree. If we didn’t already have this paint-beaten tray (which I have to somehow justify keeping), we would use cardboard boxes too.

  4. Aleacia@Dilly-Dali Art says

    I love these!
    I wonder if it would have been any different if you experimented with putting marbles inside the eggs to change the weights?

    • rachelle says

      Oh my goodness, I never thought of putting anything inside of the eggs! That would be a fun experiment, wouldn’t it??!!

  5. says

    What a colourful painting! The textures and patterns are so enticing….!
    And, this rolling game looks like real fun. We have done this with marbles but not an egg! Must try..

    • rachelle says

      And there are so many other possibilities — eggs, golf balls, acorns, pinecones…..

    • rachelle says

      Hi Diana! Thanks for following up with these great photos! Both the eggs and the paintings are beautiful, and it’s nice to see how the activity transpired in your home.

  6. Briannarenee1988 says

    We’re going to ttry this with a carboard box and our hardboiled eastereggs…i think the box will be a soft ebough landing for hardboiled, and i think were going to add some tape / stickers in phrases to pull off and leave white messages under our beautiful paper masterpieces! GREAT project, thanks for the inspiration!!!

    • Rachelle says

      the box should work out great for this project, and i love your idea about adding stickers. if you think of it, please circle back and share a photo!