Painting with balls is so much fun for learning about color mixing and creating a process art masterpiece!
Not only is painting with balls fun and an easy setup, it incorporates sensorial benefits.
I’ll be sharing below the many fun ways you can go about painting balls.
Ball (we used plastic and non plastic material; the plastic material worked much better)
A recycled box
The balls we used in our ball paint experiment were:
Here are other ideas of painting balls:
What other types of balls can you think of using? Leave a comment below letting me know.
Another important supply is the cardboard box or shoe box.
This piece needs to be tall enough for the balls to stay within it and large enough so that the balls can roll around in it.
A sheet of paper must be able to fit within the bottom of the cardboard box.
How to Paint with Balls
A ball painting is as easy as 1-2-3.
Insert a sheet of cardstock paper within the cardboard box.
Add a few drops of paint onto the sheet.
Then, add a ball or balls for painting.
My littles enjoyed adding a few drops of our craft paint onto the sheet of paper.
We used craft paint from our local dollar store and it worked great.
The paint had an easy top so that it squirted nicely and evenly onto the paper.
Afterwards, my littles added the ball of their choice.
We had many different balls to choose from and we weren’t going to stop at just one type.
The great thing about this painting ball experiment is that you can remove and insert a new sheet of paper for different balls to create a variety of ball art!
The Use of Different types of Balls
We did find that the plastic balls worked better than the non plastic balls.
Although I will say, the non plastic balls did work very nice they just were a bit slower to roll around. 🙂
Textured balls are what we were missing but we will be using these to see the different textures and designs it can make!
Our biggest ball was the foam football.
This football was the coolest because the designs were wavy and long due to the indentations on the ball.
The plastic golf balls were really fun and slow which made the textures really nice and all over the place.
Using a variety of balls to test the different textures, patterns and designs each make is a must!
More Painting Ball Ideas
At one point my LO drew an image of a butterfly on a construction paper sheet.
This is a great way to paint a butterfly or whatever image using balls!
Another fun way we liked to use this painted balls activity was to practice color mixing.
The colors we had on hand were primary colors: red, yellow and blue.
We used red and blue to make purple, red and yellow to make orange and yellow and blue to make green.
My preschooler enjoyed learning about which colors mix to make a certain color.
I hope you enjoy this simple and easy activity.
Here are more painting ideas for kids:
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