Paint with Marbles

Use marbles to create cool patterns. Submitted by DevaD

Feel like you’re losing your marbles trying to keep your kid entertained? Well, don’t lose them—use them! Buy a bunch of big marbles, some craft paint and a cake pan and sit your kid down for some marble painting.


  • White printer paper
  • A bunch of shooter marbles: The big kind
  • Craft paint: In lots of colors
  • Dixie cups: One per paint color
  • A cake pan or any rectangular dish that’s a few inches deep and won’t break
  • Plastic spoons


  • Pour a little paint into each paper cup.
  • Have your kid gently put a few marbles into each cup.
  • Put a piece of paper into the cake pan.
  • Then have your kid scoop out some marbles with a plastic spoon and dump them into the cake pan.
  • Have him roll the marbles all over. The marbles will make a cool pattern on the paper.
  • Get him to try it with marbles dipped in all the different color paints.