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).
- 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!
- 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
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