Rolling Marbles in Paint, A Fun and Easy Art Project for Creative Kids

Have fun today rolling marbles in paint to create festive designs!

This activity is fun for all ages!

Don’t miss the 2 new sections at the end of this lesson to help you extend art learning into other areas:

  • How this art lesson can help your children in other areas of learning:
  • How this art lesson can help point your children to God:


  • Paper and scissors
  • Open cardboard box or its cover with about 2 inch high sides (a large cereal box with the open end taped together works well)
  • Tape (masking tape will remove more easily)
  • Tempera or acrylic paints in various colors
  • Marbles
  • Small containers for each color and its marble
  • Plastic spoons (using these to pick up the marbles from the paint keeps this activity lots less messy)


  1. Find or make your open box
  2. Cut paper to fit and tape it to the bottom of the box. You can fold tape over so it holds the paper in place from underneath
  3. Pour a little of each desired color in a separate container and drop in a marble (having a spoon for each color helps)
  4. Pick up a marble from its color on its spoon and place in the box on the side of your paper
  5. Pick up the box and move it around to make the marble roll around your paper
  6. You can dunk the marble back in the same color another time if you didn’t get as many lines of that color as you want
  7. Return the marble to its container and repeat with another color
  8. I like to leave the wet paint from previous marbles around the edges of the box, because new marbles will pick up that paint and leave fun flecks of color here and there.


  • Try moving your box in different ways to get curves, zigzags, and other types of lines
  • Put 2 or 3 different colored marbles in at once and see what happens as they roll and click together
  • Tape all around the paper to produce a “frame” when you remove the tape
  • Drop the marble right on the paper, so you end up with interesting globs of paint before you start to roll the marble around
  • At the end use up all your colors to make a rainbow-colored design
  • While the paint is still wet, sprinkle glitter across the surface


What can you do with all these creations?

  • Try doing a large sheet with marbles (without the box) outside and use for wrapping paper
  • Cut your designs into smaller papers and attach to cardstock to make greeting cards
  • If someone you know is graduating, use their school colors to make a design for a graduation card (some added glitter and maybe a little ribbon make a very celebratory card)

How this art lesson can help your children in other areas of learning:

  1. This activity is great for improving eye-hand coordination
  2. Picking up a marble in a spoon is also great for balance and small muscle control.

How this art lesson can help point your children to God:

  1. Point out to your child that as interesting and colorful as these marble rolling designs are, the lines go in circles and cross each other in pretty random ways.
  2. Ask what it would be like to try to walk along one of these lines.
  3. Do they think any of these paths could actually take them someplace?  Or would they get confused and lost very quickly?

Together read and discuss some of these verses from the Bible about paths:

  1. Ps 16:11   You have made known to me the path of life; You will fill me with joy in Your presence, with eternal pleasures at Your right hand.
  2. Psalm 23:3   He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.
  3. Psalm 119:35    Direct me in the path of Your commands, for there I find delight.
  4. Psalm 119:105   Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.
  5. Deuteronomy 31:8   The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.

In times like these children and adults can feel anxiety and become confused and lost about the future.

But these verses tell us the Lord will never take us on a random path that will confuse us or make us get lost. He will go before us to find just the right path for each of us. He will guide us on paths that bring us joy and blessing. He himself will be right with us on that path and His word will be a light so we never lose our way.


Molly and I walk along paths each day in our neighborhood and up in the mountains, and we love knowing God is always with us. How about you?


Molly and I also hope you’ll join us right back here for Another Fun and Easy Art Activity for Creative Kids!





12 thoughts on “Rolling Marbles in Paint, A Fun and Easy Art Project for Creative Kids

      1. Judith

        I bought my marbles! This is going to be a fun project. I’ll be sure to let you know how it turns out! Two of our grandsons (ages 8 and 9) are very interested in painting, so I’m interested in any fun projects for that age group that you have to share. 🙂


      2. Kathy The Picture Lady Post author

        I hope you and your grandsons have lots of fun! And yes, please, let me know how it turns out!
        I’ve been posting a lot of paint activities for kids since March so check out those to see if anything else looks good to you and them!!

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      3. Judith

        We did the marbles this afternoon! He chose red, yellow, and blue, so we talked about “primary colors”. He thought it was fun to do his painting, and he learned a little about color mixing too. He had a big blob of paint in the center, so he made a game of trying to roll other marbles into it. Later I even let him check out my oil paints. Usually he only does watercolor. He discovered that oil paints were a lot different, but he was eager to learn what primary colors made other colors, and he had fun mixing them. I’ll definitely be checking out other projects you’ve posted, and I’ll be mentioning your blog when I share the pictures from our afternoon’s project.


      4. Kathy The Picture Lady Post author

        I just read your whole post about your fun time with Madox! It sounds like you and he had a wonderful time exploring and talking, and learning! I’m so glad you let me know how it went and for sharing my blog on yours! Thank you!

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      5. Judith

        Yes, it’s fun to share art with the grandkids. Early on I learned not to offer too much help LOL. Now, though, Madox enjoys doing “collaborations” where we both work on a drawing or painting. Sometimes we get out a big sheet of newsprint and just draw all over it. It gives me a chance to find out what he’s interested in at that time.


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