When you’re looking for an activity that children can to together then look no further than this creative idea. It’s simply getting kids painting together using a ball and a box. The task requires a team effort, communication and coordination.
It’s almost every week that our family visit the local fruit and vegetable grocer and stock up on everything fresh for the week. It always leaves us with a wonderful large box, which is always used by my girls Possum (aged 5 years) and Boo (2 years). They love using it for pretend play or just drawing inside.
With school holidays almost over, my girls were getting a little frustrated with each other. I knew I needed to find something that they could do together, better still, something that they needed each other for. Getting my kids painting together using a ball and a box was going to be the perfect activity for them.
Recommended ages: 3 years +
(Strict and active supervision required at all times)
Kids painting together using a ball and a box
For this fun activity you will need –
- Large empty box
- Large paper
Quite simply, line the bottom of the box with a sheet (or two) of paper. Squirt some paint over the paper and drop in a small ball. We used a heavier wooden ball, but any kind of ball will do. Golf balls work well but so do sensory balls that are inflated with air.
You can certainly add more than one ball to the box.
Have your children hold one end of the box and use their instincts to tip the ends so the ball moves around and through the paint. The markings left behind from the ball rolling through and around the paint is so wonderful to watch.
This is an activity that works best with two or more children. It takes lots of teamwork and cooperation to get the box to tip the ball in the right spot and rolling through the paint. It’s so wonderful to see them working together as a team and have the same goal and purpose in mind.
It’s lovely to see that after a short while the coloured paint starts to mix together. We enjoyed just adding two colours (blue and yellow) and watching the ball move around the box and turn the paint to green. It was such a great and educational experience for my girls.
Possum and Boo had a wonderful time with this activity. It was lovely to watch them work together on a project and enjoy the process as much as the final painted product. I also like that it was relatively mess free because all the paint was contained within the large box. Certainly one to try with the kids.
Do you think your child would like this?
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