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!
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:
- tempera paint
- paint cups
- masking tape
- card stock (2 pieces)
- template (outlines of fall leaves)
- shallow bin or paint tray
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.
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.
Use the spoon to scoop the marble out of the cup and place it on top of the card stock in the bin.
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!
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!
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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!
Our Favorite Fall Books:
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Once your child’s creativity is sparked with this fun activity, take it a step further with these engaging resources:
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Leif and the FallGoodbye Summer, Hello AutumnThere Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves!The Leaf Thief: (The Perfect Fall Book for Children and Toddlers)Fletcher and the Falling LeavesFall Mixed Up (Carolrhoda Picture Books)LeavesNature Stories: Little Acorn: Padded Board BookLeaf ManWhy Do Leaves Change Color? (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2)Awesome Autumn: All Kinds of Fall Facts and Fun (Season Facts and Fun)Hello, Harvest MoonWhy Do Leaves Change Color? (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science, Stage 2)If You Find a Leaf