A great gift with marbles and a Christmas ball

Need a great parent gift but want your child to actually make it?

If you happen to start early, you can find clear plastic Christmas ornaments at Walmart and other stores that carry craft supplies. I like to stock up on them when I get the chance and I had quite a few left over from last year. Now that I have some time at home with my grandsons, we took out a few marbles and our Christmas ornaments for a little creativity and play…

The How To

To make mommy a gift, I added a couple of drops of acrylic paint inside each ball. Just a tiny drop is all you need for this…

Then my grandsons dropped in a marble and we taped up the top. Then the boys shook the marbles all around the balls which is definitely the fun part…

Once the paint was all swirled around inside the plastic ornaments, we dumped out the marbles and had a set of beautiful ornaments to give mommy and their other grandma for Christmas…

Since shaking the marbles is really the fun part, we put a few marbles in empty clear plastic ornament (no paint added this time) and taped up the top…

The Boys Love This Part

Then the boys started shaking away. They were so serious as they concentrated on the marbles going around the ornaments…

The boys enjoyed watching the marbles spin around the balls really fast and then really slow….

Looks like I will need to restock on our plastic ornaments for next year!

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By |2018-12-03T13:08:54+00:00December 24th, 2013|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Meredith @ Homegrown Friends December 24, 2013 at 6:16 am - Reply

    I love this idea so much!! Can’t wait to add this ornament to our collection!

  2. Veens @ Our Ordinary Life December 24, 2013 at 11:16 am - Reply

    Adorable babies and what a simple but cute craft! Love it!

  3. Scott December 24, 2013 at 3:49 pm - Reply

    Deborah…I’ve said it before and I’ll say it now – you are a genius! I love this idea. I will be doing this. How about Valentine ornaments? Hmmm.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 24, 2013 at 4:33 pm - Reply

      Haha – valentine ornaments would be awesome too! Have a merry Christmas Scott!

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