Meet the Sullivans: Golf Ball Art

May 27, 2015

Golf Ball Art

Preschool teachers have the best ideas when it comes to keeping young children busy, engaged and learning! One of the things I love most about co-oping is that I get to see most of the activities Owen does in his class first hand. The teacher sets up the art, sensory play and play dough stations and the parents working that day facilitate the activity.

I've been trying to remember all of the great ideas Owen's teacher has so I can re-create them for him over the summer when we're looking for new ways to pass the time at home. This Golf Ball Painting was part of a "daddy unit" this week at school (the sensory table included shaving cream -- fun! and messy!). The activity was so much fun that Owen wanted to try it at home later that day, and luckily I had all the necessities on hand -- and I bet you do too!

Here's what you'll need:
  • a disposable roasting pan or box
  • construction paper
  • a muffin tin
  • washable paints in various colors
  • golf balls
  • a bucket of water & a rag for washing (optional)
I definitely recommend doing this outside! Flying golf balls covered in paint would be disastrous inside. Owen does a pretty good job keeping the balls inside the pan, but you never know when things will get WILD with a 3 year-old boy!

Squeeze a few dollops of paint into each muffin cup and top each one with a golf ball. 

Put a sheet of paper in the bottom of the roasting pan making sure it lays pretty flat. I had to cut ours down a bit to fit them in the pan. Put the balls on top!

Let your child tilt the pan from side to side and back and forth. They'll love watching the balls leave paint tracks all over the paper and it creates a pretty beautiful piece of art work too! 

The first time Owen used ALL the colors and balls at once -- isn't it pretty?!

Then we rinsed the balls in a big bucket of water and dried them with a rag -- he loved helping with that step too! Then we tried just the green, pink and yellow paints.

I think this activity lasted around 30 minutes, and ended only when we ran out of paper. He made about 6 beautiful pieces of art work! They would make a colorful matte inside a frame with a picture of Daddy & kids for Father's Day or even folded to make a card!

I hope you enjoy this activity as much as we did!


Kelly Linn Feller said...

Cute! That sounds like a fun summer activity to try :)

EHayes said...

Thanks so much for sharing, what a great idea... and of course, we have everything on hand... plenty of golf balls to go around!

Lauren Kauffman said...

that is such a cool idea! gosh i wish i was more crafty. I once quit girl scouts solely due to...the crafts.