Art projects are now on Mondays! I was having a hard time being consistent w/ the Thursday thing because by that point in the week, I've half lost my mind. Also, I think doing it on Monday starts the week out on a fun note and puts the idea in your head at a time when you're more likely to get to do it. Because I'm sure YOU'VE half lost YOUR mind by Thursday also!
This week's project is marble painting! Another of my favs from my teaching days. This is a good one for all ages. The younger your child is, the larger the ball and pan/box should be. For older kids it can help develop fine motor skills (challenge them to make the ball roll around to write their initial). For younger kids it can help them see how colors blend together to make new colors (ie give them just yellow and red so they can see all the shades of orange that can come out of it).
For some really cool art, try using tone on tone paint and paper. Red on red, blue on blue, etc. Add a touch of white to the paint so it's a slightly different shade than the paper. This could be a great Valentine's Day gift for grandma and grandpa! Think: pink, red and purple!
What you need:
construction paper or printer paper
9×13 inch baking pan or shoebox or large box
What you do:
put the paper in bottom of the pan or box
put drops of paint on the paper (along the edges or right in the center or arbitrarily around the page) or give your child a selection of paint colors (use a muffin tin) that they can dip the marble in
put the ball in the pan and roll it around
What you get: