The transition from summer to fall is one of my favorite times of year! I love how all the fall colors swirl together in the leaves as they change from green to shades of red, yellow, and orange! With this Fall Theme Marble Painting Preschool Activity, your little one can mimic that same beautiful color swirling using a very unique painting utensil! Marbles!

– Life Over C's Fall themed painting with marbles for preschoolers.

Recommended Grade Level:

Leaf Marble Painting Supplies:

  • Fall Leaf Template
  • Marbles
  • Spoons
  • Colored Paint (we used red, green, and yellow)
  • Cardstock paper
  • Aluminum Tray
  • Tape
  • Small plastic cups

This is the perfect kids craft to go with your fall preschool theme activities! Your kids will love this new way of painting, and you will love how easy the set up and clean up is!

What Are The Benefits Of Marble Painting For Preschoolers?

Working on any fall painting craft for kids comes with many benefits! Painting is a wonderful activity for little ones because it allows them to express their creativity while strengthening fine motor skills!

The main advantage of painting with marbles for preschoolers is that it’s an activity that helps work on hand eye coordination!

Little ones have to use their hands to tilt the shallow box and strategically maneuver it so the marbles evenly disperse the paint onto the paper. Their eyes and hands must work together to make sure all of the white spots on the paper get covered!

How To Marble Paint With Preschoolers:

– Life Over C's Supplies needed for making fall themed marble painting for preschoolers.


Find a fall leaf template to use for your art activity. Trace the template over one piece of card stock and then cut out the design! (Leave the card stock in tact and cut out the leaves.)

You can use the outline of one type of leaf, or different types depending on what you want the final product to look like! You can also find leaves outside and trace the outline of them onto your card stock if you don’t have access to a printer to print a template!

Trim the piece of card stock with the leaf cut outs so that it will fit into the bin or tray you are going to use for the project.

– Life Over C's A leaf stecil over white paper in a foil pan.

Trim and place a new piece of card stock so that it will fit in the bottom of the bin or tray. Tape both pieces of card stock together and lay them into the bin or tray with the paper that has cut outs on top.

Squeeze the paint into the cups (one cup for each color!). Place one marble into each cup.

Cover the marble in paint by moving the cup around, or using a spoon to roll it.

– Life Over C's A white plastic spoon holding yellow paint and a marble.

Use the spoon to scoop the marble out of the cup and place it on top of the card stock in the bin.

– Life Over C's White paper covered with a leaf stencil while paint covered marbles roll over the top of it.

Gently move the bin or tray from side to side trying to roll the marbles over the cut outs of the leaves. Watch as your little one works on their hand/eye coordination as they move the tray and get the marbles to spread paint all over the card stock!

– Life Over C's Marbles dipped in paint and rolled over the top of a piece of paper until the paper is covered in paint.

Once your child is finished painting, carefully remove the marbles and card stock. Let the painted paper dry before displaying your new fall leaf art in your home!

– Life Over C's Fall themed painting with marbles for preschoolers.

Other Options For This Autumn Craft!

  • Cut out the painted leaves after they dry and use them to create a beautiful fall tree! Just cut a trunk and branches out of construction paper and glue the leaves onto the tree!
  • Instead of leaf cut outs, you can use a pumpkin and create a beautiful pumpkin patch!
  • If you don’t have marbles, you can use a paint brush or q-tips to apply the paint to the card stock! Q-tip painting is another easy fall craft art project for kids!

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– Life Over C's Fall themed painting with marbles for preschoolers.

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Kim Staten Owner and Curriculum Designer
Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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