Ball Painting


FromBaby Steps to STEM,  Jean Barbre

What to have - small plastic swimming pool - white butcher paper - scissors - masking tape - liquid watercolor paints - 4 or 5 different-size rubber balls - bucket with soap and water for cleanup

What to do Getting Ready Purchase a small plastic swimming pool if needed. How To Cut butcher paper to fit the bottom of the swimming pool and extend up the sides. Place a loop of folded- over tape in the middle and along the sides of the pool to help secure the paper. Place different colors of liquid watercolor paint on the paper. Let the children place the balls in the swimming pool. Ask three or four children at a time to hold on to the edge of the pool and help roll the ball back and forth. Children will gain a sense of their own bodies as they lift and lower the sides of the pool. Repeat the activity with clean paper so another group of children can join in the fun. Hint: This can be a bit messy, so have children wear play clothes for this activity. Have buckets of soap and water handy for cleanup.

Why Children will gain an understanding of motion, cause and effect, and blending colors as they lift the sides of a plastic swimming pool.

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By Jean Barbre Copyright 2017 2-Year

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