Golf Balls and a Large Bin Equals Big Fun!

This isn’t my first post about golf balls, but I just had to share with you the fun our 3’s had yesterday. My co-teacher set up one of those large Rubbermaid storage bins along with some trays of white paint, spoons, golf balls and black paper.

It was a pretty independent activity, with everything within reach. The preschoolers set the black paper in the bottom of the bin and spooned the painted golf balls inside. Plop. Plop. Plop. Such a good eye-hand coordination activity!

And yes, sometimes the ball didn’t quite make it into the bin, but no matter. Just scoop it up and toss it in!

Then, they used their entire upper body to move that bin around, grasping the edges with their fingers. (Large and fine motor movement.)

When finished, scoop the balls out of the bin and remove the paper.

Looks like snow tracks or a blizzard!
What I love about this type of activity is that it’s pretty independent, has a few steps for them to remember, engages the upper body and the fine motor muscles, and can be used with most any type of bin you have on hand. Not to mention…
it’s fun!

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About Sheryl Cooper

Sheryl Cooper is the founder of Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds, a website full of activities for toddlers and preschoolers. She has been teaching this age group for over 15 years and loves to share her passion with teachers, parents, grandparents, and anyone with young children in their lives.


  1. We love this kind of art activity!! My almost 2’s love the oversized containers, which is so funny to see them try to move and shake 🙂
    We will be exploring snow soon (it has been to warm here so far this winter for snow, so we have been waiting) and will be doing this project with blue paper and white paint for a snow storm 🙂
    Love Your Masterpieces!!

  2. What a great activity…i had never thought of using golf balls! Great pics too!

  3. Super activity! My kids would love that! Visiting from TGIF. I’d love to invite you to link up with us for Fun Stuff Fridays.

    • Sheryl @ Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds says:

      Thanks Lindsi! I just linked up and am adding it on my FB wall. Lots of awesome ideas!

  4. This looks so fun! I remember doing marble painting as a kid and loving it! Thanks for sharing your inspiring ideas with us all at Thrifty Thursday, have a fantastic weekend!

  5. What a great activity!! I am definitely going to try this with my daughter. Thank you for sharing it at Sharing Saturday!

  6. Beth ( says:

    WHAT fun!!! Thanks for linking up to TGIF! Have a great week,
    Beth =-)