Toddler Painting with Golf Balls


Toddler painting with golf balls is an adapted version of preschool marble painting. Golf balls are not a choking hazard and can be handled easier than marbles. This is a classic art activity that we have enjoyed for years! The twist to this activity is using a coffee can with sets of children. It is a great way to help toddlers feel more comfortable working with other children and it also uses their entire upper bodies. If you are just starting to introduce art to your toddler, you might want to first read my post with tips on how to  set up art activities with toddlers.

toddler painting with golf balls


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What you will need:


Getting started:

Place your choice of tempera paint into a shallow dish with golf ball(s). Make sure they are covered with paint.  Fit the paper into the can, so it wraps around the sides. Have your toddlers spoon the paint-covered golf balls into the can and place the lid securely on top.

toddler painting with golf balls
Invite two children to sit on the floor and roll the can back and forth.
toddler painting with golf balls
 Let them roll the can back and forth as many times as they wish.
toddler painting with golf balls
Remove the lid and pull the paper out.
toddler painting with golf balls
I love the looks on their faces as they see what is on the paper!
 toddler painting with golf balls
Process art!
toddler painting with golf balls

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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. I love all the bright colors of paint and love the motor skills this painting invites! Too fun!

  2. Great way to get “physical” with art!

  3. We love this activity. My kindergartners have done this with golf balls and marbles. They really enjoy it, too.

  4. Kristi @ Creative Connections for Kids says:

    This is awesome. I would love to have you share this idea or another favorite on my linky at

    We are trying to stay busy during a snow storm. 🙂

    🙂 Kristi

  5. Jucad Golftrolley says:

    Balls are sold each year worldwide. It is also estimated that somewhere between 125 million and 500 million balls used are recycled or recovered and sold to the world of golf – golf balls drawn mainly from ponds and lakes on the golf course (aka “Lake Balls”). It is not known how many more Lake Balls claimed, and games during the regular round of golf. And even though the exact number of balls sold are used continues to be weak, it is clear that billions of new balls have come to play in recent years all over the world, and many of them end up in lost and found items such as balls lake are Teed and over again.