No Mess, Marble Painting with Toddlers

No Mess Marble Painting with Toddlers - Read More at MadeByMeggs(dot)com Toddlers and paint. Some parents cringe at the idea! The idea of adding to the never ending list of cleaning you already do, it’s just not fun. I get it! And I am sure you have spotted this idea online or on Pinterest, much like I have. So I had to try it, outside of course… just in case I had to use the hose!  No Mess Marble Painting with Toddlers - Read more at MadeByMeggs(dot)comI am happy to report that this painting activity is pretty mess free. I did modify it a bit from the blog post I originally found it on, and in all honesty I was probably the one with more paint on themselves. This was easy enough that both my 3 year old and almost 2 year old could do this with very little help from me. Keeping the tray level, so the marbles didn’t jump out, was my biggest task while they “painted.” It was a huge help that I had a GIANT buffet pan on hand, but you could easily use an empty cardboard box as well!

Original Posting: The Artful Parent

No Mess Marble Painting

  • Empty tray, box, or even a cookie sheet
  • Several marbles (I found mine at the Dollar Store)
  • Paper
  • 3-4 paint colors
  • Bowl of water
  1. Place paper inside of your tray or box. I taped the corners down on our’s to keep it from jumping around.
  2. Dot paper with paint. I kept the choices to three colors to avoid over mixing and only having brown paintings!
  3. Drop in as many marbles as you want!
  4. Tip tray in all directions to move marbles and drag the paint. This can be as little or as much as the artist would like.
  5. Dump painted marbles into your bowl of water. Wash, dry, repeat!


  • Older kids might enjoy a different method. Using an ice cube tray or muffin tin. Fill holes with paint colors, drop in marbles, use a spoon or tongs to drop marbles onto paper.

No Mess Marble Painting with Toddlers - Read More at MadeByMeggs(dot)comThis is a great simple, activity to have “on hand” to do with the kids any time. The project possibilities are endless. Maybe fold the paper and paint as a card for Grandma. Create on canvas for home decor. Even cut the final painting and paste into a new creation, in a very Eric Carle fashion! Whatever you do, make sure to snap a pic and share #MadeByMeggs I love seeing what you and your littles create together.

Love this & tried it? Share your project photos on my Facebook page, tag them on Instagram & Twitter with #MadeByMeggs or even comment below! I’d love to see what you create! Don’t forget to check out more of what inspires me on Pinterest.
xoxo Meggs

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