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Painting With Ball Bearings, A Fun Idea For Kids

Updated on January 22, 2012

Do you need a fun painting idea to do with kids. Here is something that my kids love to do and it is never the same no matter how hard they try.

Ball Bearing painting is simple. All you need is a box lid, 3-however many ball bearings you want to use, paint (preferably washable), white paper and a kid to shake the box.

Put the paper in the bottom of the box lid, and then drizzle a little paint of many different colors on the paper. Set the ball bearings in the box lid and let a kid shake the lid. Moving it front and back and side to side to get the ball bearings to roll around and make really neat patterns. The more colors you use the more the patterns will be different.

Once the first page is done tip the box so all ball bearings are at one end, take out the old paper, put in a new paper, put paint on the new paper and roll some more! Might get kind of tireing but it is never boring.

Putting the paint on the paper inside the box with the ball bearings
Putting the paint on the paper inside the box with the ball bearings
Shaking the box
Shaking the box
Shaking the box
Shaking the box
Shaking the box
Shaking the box
The boy's finished product
The boy's finished product
The middle girls finished product
The middle girls finished product
The oldest girls finished product
The oldest girls finished product

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      CassyLu1981 5 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      Jeannie, you can also try what Mandi said and use golf balls if you can't get your hands on any ball bearings. I haven't tried that yet but I'm sure it would look awesome too :) Thanks for reading my Hub and the comment!

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      Jeannie 5 years ago

      might do this at my moms next get together should be fun foe all ages..

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      CassyLu1981 5 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      Thanks Tiffany :)

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      Tiffany 5 years ago

      Very cool idea Cassy.

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      CassyLu1981 5 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      excellent idea Mandi! I will definately try that one too :) Thanks!!!

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      Mandi 5 years ago

      My kids did this with a Golf Ball and had tons of fun. plus the golf balls left a neat pattern due to the dimples in the ball.

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      CassyLu1981 5 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      That's a great idea penofone! We used regular copy paper. I know construction paper would work too. I'll have to try it out and see what works best! Thanks for stopping by!

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      Anish Patel 5 years ago

      does the paint stick to the surface of the paper or is it canvas? I would use a stock paper surface to enhance the look.

      great