Marble Painting Shamrocks
With Saint Patrick’s Day coming up tomorrow, I decided to do this simple activity with my nieces. I love that it makes a simple, seasonal decoration with materials I have on hand. It doesn’t make a huge mess, and you can sneak in some learning as well!
First I cut a shamrock shape out of thick white paper. Next I taped the shamrock to the bottom of a plastic tub. I dribbled some yellow and blue paint onto the paper, and threw in a handful of marbles.
I helped my nieces tip the tub back and forth to roll the marbles across the paper and through the paint. It was neat to see them figure out how tipping the tub in different directions would affect the marble’s path, and also to hear them comment that the yellow and blue were mixing together to make green!
After we were done with our marble painting, I untaped the shamrocks and set them out to dry. Since the paper tends to curl up a bit after it’s painting, I glued the each shamrock to a piece of white paper to keep it flat.
I made marble painted hearts for Valentine’s Day years ago and I still pull them out every year to use as a decoration!
If you’re interested in why we celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day, check out this post!