Jun 16, 2010

Painting with Golf Balls

I had heard about an arts and crafts activity where you dip marbles into paint and then roll them around on paper. But then I saw this post (via One Pretty Thing which I LOVE!)where someone commented about using golf balls instead of marbles. So I decided to try it out today with John John. He really seemed to like the activity and it kept him entertained for about 20 - 30 minutes which is a long time for an 18 month old kiddo! We did end the actvity with a bath since John decided he also wanted to paint his arms, but that is ok!

Here is how it went for us...

We started with our paint and golf balls. I put an old sheet on the tile floor just to make clean up easier and I am very glad I did! I would have been mopping up quite a bit of paint!

I tried to use a big tupperware box first in case John was wild with his rolling of the golf balls. But the balls kept rolling in the grooves on the side so it wasn't working out well. We switched to a pan which worked much better!

John first used the golf balls like stamps with the paint.

He would put each golf ball back in a pile of paint and then put them back in the pan. So cute! I threw in a little mini-lesson of colors while he did it!

It took some 'progression' for him to roll the balls. I had to put the balls on one side of the pan and then ask him to roll the balls to me. Then he would manually roll the balls back and forth. Then he was able to lift one side of the pan to roll the balls and I would have to tilt it for him to get the balls back to him again. He finally figured out how to lift the ends of the pan to make the balls roll back and forth all by himself! Yay for John John!

And here is the final result! We ended up with three pretty art pieces!

I have a felling these will be turned into Father's Day cards for this weekend just like our last arts and crafts project. So, Dad, act surprised when you see your card on Sunday! :)


  1. What a fun way to paint. John is so talented!

  2. Great idea! I may try that with Bella ... she loved finger painting so I bet she'll have fun with this too!

  3. Our preschoolers love this activity! I wish I'd known about it before my daughter started preschool because it's (obviously) great for younger kids, too. You have quite the budding artist, by the way!

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  6. What a great idea! I made a home made golf course in my house for the little one. It is posted in my craft section and you have a ovely blog. I am your new follower, come by and visit me at http://showmemama.blogspot.com

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  9. Fantastic idea, my 2 year old is going to love this activity. I'm a new follower from Follow me Friday.


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  11. Hi!
    I love the golf balls! We have done marble painting, but now we will have to try it with golf balls! I am sure Tucker will love it!

  12. What a great idea!! i cannot wait to try this with my daughter. She loves golf balls AND painting. Thanks so much for sharing!


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