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Project - Painting with Marbles
Matisse Derivan - Proudly Australian Owned and Made



  • Kids Kolors paints in a variety of colours
  • Small containers - one for each colour (yoghurt containers are ideal)
  • Plastic Spoons - one for each colour
  • Marbles - one for each colour
  • Lamington tray
  • A4 paper
  • Container of water
  • Damp Cloth

Marble Painting


  1. Develop students awareness of colour
  2. Develop fine motor skills and control


Step 1

Place a generous amount of Kids Kolors paints into each of the small containers.

Step 2

In each of these containers add a marble, and a plastic spoon.

Step 3

In the lamington tray place a sheet of A4 paper and smooth down.

Classroom Activity

Step 1

Get students to pick which colours they like and, using the spoon, scoop the marbles out of the container and drop them into the lamington tray.

Step 2

When the marbles that the students want to use are in the lamington tray, get them to gently tip the tray from side to side. This will make the marbles roll around the tray. Be careful - vigorous rolling will make the marbles come out of the tray.

Step 3

When the student is happy with the result, remove the marbles, and place them into the container of water to be washed, and then replaced into the appropriate container ready for the next student.

Step 4

Remove paper, add the students name, and hang out to dry.

Teaching Points

This is an activity that will need reasonably close supervision. There should be no more than two students participating at any one time.
Discuss with the children thoughout the activity the colours they are using. Also observe their fine motor skills. How easily can they get the marble out of the container? Are they able to control the tray enough to make the marbles go where they want them to?

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Matisse Derivan 1 Northcote Street Mortlake NSW 2137 Australia
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