Marble painting is one of my favorite activities....it's easy for the young ones to do, the mess is contained, and it's simply fun. (Even I enjoy creating my own marble paintings)
-Baking Pan or a cardboard lid to a box
-Bowls/Egg carton & Spoon (optional)
Place your paper in the pan (you may need to cut it to fit, depending on the size of your pan).
I've done this marble painting two ways. The first way is to dip the marbles into the paint first, then add it to the pan. There's nothing wrong with doing it this way, but you'll find yourself re-dipping the marbles in more paint a few times before you're done. If you want to try it this way, you'll need some bowls to put the paint in, or my favorite thing to use is an egg carton.
The second way is to just add a few drops of paint directly into the pan. Add 3-5 marbles and let the kids begin rolling the marbles around the pan. This activity allows the kids to work on their hand and eye coordination as they try to get the marbles to go through the paint.
As the kids were rolling their marbles around the pan, they enthusiastically yelled out how the paint was turning purple. This is definitely a great activity to talk to them about the primary colors (red, blue, yellow) and how artists can create secondary colors (green, purple, orange) by mixing two primary colors.
Here are a couple samples of the creations that were made: