Toddler Painting with Balls

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Toddler Painting with Balls – a sensory art experience!

Toddlers love to paint with various objects that fit well in their hands, like these nubby sensory balls.  Painting with nubby balls gives the activity an extra sensory experience, too! All you need are a few items and you are ready to introduce some fun art.


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Last week our 3 year olds painted with marbles. I wanted our 2 year olds to have a similar experience, but with something larger that could fit in their hand (and not in their mouths).
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What you will need:

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The process:

Pour some white and red paint onto a tray but do not mix them.

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Add the nubby balls to the tray.
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Place paper in the box lid and dip the nubby balls into the paint.
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Show the children how to hold either end of the cardboard lid and gently tip the lid back and forth.
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It takes great concentration and  hand-eye coordination to keep the ball moving back and forth, but once the children master this skill, they often want to do it over and over again.
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When finished, place the balls back onto the tray and remove paper to dry.
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You might also be interested in:

Homemade Finger Paint (Hands On As We Grow)
Painting with Cardboard Tubes (The Imagination Tree)
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  1. Love the use of these textured balls! So fun!

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