I learned this trick many many years ago before my kids were even a twinkle . . . . really anywhere. I learned this from a very wise woman who should really publish a whole book on crafts for kids. She throws a teddy bear picnic for kids and thinks to roll out some bread and cut it with a teddy bear cookie cutter to make teddy bear sandwiches. She sees some board kids and whips up some peanut butter play dough that they can make and eat. And she comes up with this. All you need are a plastic container (I started collecting some from the salad bar at the grocery store each time I went to buy lettuce – a very economical way to get lettuce by the way), some crazy bouncy balls
(though I think this would work great with a normal bouncy ball or even a crumpled up piece of paper), and some paint.
I told Gavin to dip the ball in a couple different colors and then toss it in. (Does my kid only have one shirt????)
Then he got to shake!!! This was probably his favorite part, and who can blame him? Occasionally he stopped and added some more paint. The first couple ones I taped the paper in there, but with the wet paint, I came pretty close to ripping the art on the way out (the horror!!). So then I just threw it in there. I mean, this isn’t really an exact science anyway.
These were Gavin’s masterpieces.