Painting with Leverage- Ramps and Balls

We sliced one of our extra pool noodles in half and let the kids roll marbles down them aiming for the paint

The kids loved it! After a while Kaia and Mikey started looking around for other things to roll the marbles down. Kaia found the PVC pipe pieces we use in the water table and created a long tube

Mike helped Mikey and before we knew it we had another fun way to get the marbles to the paper.

The kids loved using the PVC pipe because it is cut to small lengths and there are lots of T connectors in between the pieces. Very quickly Mikey started experimenting with sending the Marbles down the various holes.

The PVC pipe contraption seemed a little easier for the kids to aim

But Kaia liked the Pool noodle better. I think I might cut it down to make it a little shorter so it is easier for her to maneuver.

Kaia tried combining the two materials to make a super duper marble slide

We also did slide painting. I saw this idea first on Preschool Patti’s Blog and on Craft to Art years ago. But recently this ideas has been revived by Growing a Jeweled Rose she has some amazing pictures of her girls having a great time with this activity.

I had pie tins available for the kids to dip different textured and sized balls in

They then rolled them down the slide

I covered the slide in computer paper and had it aim into our kiddie pool.

While rolling the balls down the slide was awesome

Mikey did feel the need to dip his hands in the paint to create a “Waterfall” for the balls to slide down

Let me know if you give any of these ideas a try. I would love to see a comment with a link to anything you try out. We had so much fun and I bet you will too!

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