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Using individual easels at the table
Painting at the table as a group
To ease cleanup and to preserve your easel,
wrap the easel in newspaper covered with
waxed paper. Secure the paper with masking
tape. The waxed paper speeds cleanup and short-
ens the time needed to change newspaper. If you
like, wrap the easel tray in foil for easy cleanup.
Using individual trays at the table
Marble painting creates amazing artwork. It’s a fa-
vorite among twos and threes, and you can adapt
this project in various ways.
First, you will need containers to hold paint and
marbles. The containers should be wide enough
for a child to scoop out marbles easily. A plastic
spoon works well for scooping. Provide one spoon
per paint container. Do not use typical glass mar-
bles with younger children; they are too small and
present a choking hazard. Instead, use very large
marbles, golf balls, cat toy balls, small Wiffle balls,
or rubber bouncy balls.
Next, choose a tray to hold the paper. The tray
can be any shallow container with sides, such as a
cafeteria tray, a box lid, a food storage container, or
a cake pan. For a group marble-painting project,
use a large box or a textured table insert.
Have the child put a marble or ball in the paint
of choice, then scoop out the ball and drop it into
the tray. Then have the child tip the tray to make
the ball roll back and forth, creating colored lines