Bouncy Ball Art – An Invitation to Paint and Play

bouncy ball art

Grab your bouncy balls, paint, and paper and let’s explore open-ended messy art today! Bouncy ball art is so much fun! Our invitation to paint and play is messy, encourages movement, and is a great sensory experience.  Trust me though, this mess is so worth it! Who needs a paintbrush when you have bouncy balls! It’s bounce, bounce, bounce time!

Materials Needed:

  • Bouncy Balls
  • Washable Tempura Paint
  • Compartment Tray
  • Paper
  • Tape

paint in a tray

What’s Next:

Cover your work surface.  We used a large tarp and a piece of plywood.  I tried placing the paper in a large cardboard box, but there was no bounce effect.  Plus, it’s messier and fun to chase the balls!  Tape your paper down to a hard surface.  Encourage your child to choose and name each color.  Once your work space is all prepped, it’s BOUNCE time! Simply dip and bounce!

child laughing at bouncy ball

C started off small, just rolling the balls in the paint and bouncing the balls lightly.  His expressions are priceless!

bouncy ball art fun

Bounce! Bounce! Bounce! It’s really hard to capture a bouncing ball!

bouncy ball

C switched it up and started rolling them too. I love watching him explore materials and play!

Thomas and friends bouncy ball

Even Thomas & Friends joined in the messy play!

child playing with bouncy ball

Watch out those bouncy balls are slippery! They kept rolling under his feet. Ow, even your feet get messy — fun! He finally got ahold of that silly ball!

hand painted

Our invitation to paint and play was so much fun! What are some of your favorite messy activities?

Bouncy Ball Art by Crayon Box Chronicles

Here’s a few of our favorite process art and movement activities:

Yarn Pom Pom Drumstick Painting

Yarn Pom Pom Drumstick Painting by Crayon Box Chronicles

Melting Insect Sensory Painting

Melting insect sensory painting for kids

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53 thoughts on “Bouncy Ball Art – An Invitation to Paint and Play

  1. Pinkoddy says:

    What a fantastic idea and tbh I’m fed up of all the bouncy balls in my house lol. My youngest especially would love this. Thank you for sharing on Motivational Monday, I have pinned, tweeted, Google+ it and about to put on my facebook page :O)


  2. sarahlashbrook says:

    This is so much fun! I’ve done this sort of thing with rocks and marbles, but I love the idea of letting the kids use a bouncy ball and bouncing it. They’d love it, too! I was also thinking it might be fun to use beach balls…though that could get REALLY messy!


  3. warholitos says:

    we really like your activities, it´s fun and a great way to encourage kids to be intouch with their creative side…also for younger kids it´s a great way for them to learn the names of the colors.


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