Inside: Add some process art with this fun farm pigs painting activity! Toddlers will love moving golf balls across the paper, leaving trails of pink paint. Comes with a free printable, too!
Our farm animals theme is this week and I wanted to add some process art to the activities.
Process art that included color mixing and lots of movement.
And that’s exactly what this farm pigs painting is all about.
Plus, I’ve created a free pig printable for you, too! Scroll down to find the download.
Toddler Farm Pigs Painting Activity Using Golf Balls
Marble painting is one of my favorite process art activities, but I get concerned using such small objects with toddlers.
Instead, I use golf balls, and they are just as fun!
Watch the video:
What we used:
- Golf balls
- White washable tempera paint
- Red washable tempera paint
- Container with sides (to contain the paint and balls)
- Pig printable (available towards the end of this post)
Setting it up:
In the past I’ve used the lids to file boxes, but when our collection had disappeared (most likely they fell apart, since we all used them over and over and over again), I grabbed some plastic storage containers from our closet.
I could only find one small container and one large container, and decided to give them both a try.
After all, I love discovering new ways of doing favorite art.
I poured some red paint into a container, and white paint into another.
I then placed one golf ball in each, along with spoons to scoop them out.
I also added some whisks in case the container was too large to move around. I figured they might just want to keep the container flat on the table an move the golf balls around with the whisks.
The whisks were never used, but it never hurts to have a Plan B just in case!
As the children finished their snack, they wandered over to the art table.
A couple of the children decided they wanted to use the large container, so we scooped the golf balls from the paint containers and plopped them on top of the pig printables.
I started to show them how to hold the edges of the container and move it back and forth to make the golf balls roll.
They got the hang of it rather quickly and soon we had a small crowd watching as the 2 children worked together, moving the golf balls and leaving paint tracks.
By the way, I chose white and red because I love anything involving color mixing, and I wanted the children to experience seeing what happened when the white and the red overlapped.
It took great concentration and teamwork to decide which way to move the container, but they mastered it! I loved the dialogue happening during the process, too.
“You stand there.”
“I am going to move it this way.”
It was also important to have the smaller container for children who preferred to work alone. This was the case with our younger children who needed a bit of help figuring out how to coordinate the movement of the container and the balls.
Children with an extra dose of energy also love activities such as this because they don’t have to stop their bodies. They can move during the process!
Depending on how long the children moved their containers, the pigs were either partially or fully covered.
Once they were completely dry, I cut them out and hung them on our classroom wall for our farm theme display.
Ready to give this a try?
Download the free pig printable here:
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