Paint Balls

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Updated on Jan 3, 2014

Everyone loves making a mess with paint. The project presents a tactile way to paint using water beads! The result will be a beautiful, expressionistic work of art.

What You Need:

  • Water beads (pre-soaked overnight and strained)
  • Tempera paint
  • Newspaper
  • White paper
  • Paper plate

What You Do:

  1. Cover the table and the floor with newspaper. Pour different colors of tempera paint onto paper plates.
  2. Dip a ball into one of the paint color and show your child different ways of how he can apply the paint to the paper. Try rolling it, shooting it like a marble, and bouncing it like a ball.
  3. Encourage him to start by dipping one ball at a time into the paint and try his hand at applying paint from the ball to the paper. 
  4. Have him change up his colors with each ball and paint until most of the white paper is covered.
  5. If he seems to have control over his ball painting, see what happens if he paints with 2, or even 3 balls at the same time!
  6. Allow the paintings to dry completely before hanging them.