Action Painting

Marble Paintings

Making in art in the winter with kids can sometimes be a challenge when you can’t go outside or you don’t have a lot of space in your home.

Here is an alternative action painting activity you can do in the home that’s perfect for a snowy or rainy day.

You will need: a box top (you can get these at the grocery store for free), marbles, washable paints, masking table, paper (thicker paper works better), plastic cups, and spoons.

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Marble Runs

One of my favorite projects in middle school was creating a marble run. Our science teacher, Mrs. Wagner, handed hammers, nails, rubber bands, plastic pipes, plywood, and glue guns to us to create our own marble runs. It was one of the few times I got to tinker away during middle school. I will never forget how much fun it was to see how I could make my marble travel faster, slower, and how to problem solve when it got stuck.

This activity can also be replicated for younger kids. Marble runs are a fun way to get kids interested in prototyping, building, problem solving, and learning about basic physics concepts, such as gravity and Newton’s first and second laws of motion. All you need are materials from the recycling bin or trash, duct tape or painter’s tape (safer for adhering to walls or furniture), scissors, and a glue gun.

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