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across the paper. The child can decide how much
paint to use, how many balls to use, and how long
to shake, tilt, and roll the tray.
In an oatmeal can using a cat toy ball
Golf ball painting in a box lid
Use a closed box or container to prevent
marbles from flying around the room, for a
change of pace, or when you want children to
shake the boxes and hear the marbles inside. Oat-
meal containers, pizza boxes, and food storage
containers can be closed easily. Tape paper to the
inside of the box.
In a pizza box!
Painting on canvas is often a new and wonderful
experience for young children. It gives them a foun-
dation for using authentic art materials.
Use small canvases for individual work or a
large framed canvas for group projects. Either way,
you can paint several different layers on the same
canvas over several days.
If you use typical school tempera paint, you can
wash the paint off the canvas with warm running
water and a small brush. You can then bring out
new paint for the children and begin again! An-
other way to start anew is to paint black paint over
an old painting or freshly washed canvas to create a
blank space for a new painting. (Let the black paint
dry before painting.) Acrylic black paint will resist
blending with new colors painted over it.