Bumpy ball painting

Around here you can find bumpy balls at just about any store. I picked up eight bumpy balls from the Dollar Tree which were fairly squishy (kind of like a thick bumpy balloon) for my classroom and then set them aside for a few weeks trying to decide what to do with them…

Bumpy Ball Painting by Teach Preschool

I finally decided that the bumpy balls would make a great painting tool and so we set them out with different colors of paint, crayons, and paper…

Bumpy Ball Painting by Teach Preschool

On this particular day, we were also exploring lots of flowers around the classroom so you will notice that some of my students used the bumpy balls and crayons to make flowers…

Bumpy Ball Painting by Teach Preschool

Bumpy balls are also called sensory balls, knobby balls, spiky balls, and probably other terms I am not familiar with…

Bumpy Ball Painting by Teach Preschool

The best part about bumpy ball painting is the texture. It is all about sensory and texture as the children feel the bumps on the ball, discover the bumpy paint prints left behind on paper, and enjoy the squishy feeling when pushing down or pulling up while printing or painting with the balls…

Bumpy Ball Painting by Teach Preschool

Many of my students spent quite some time exploring the process of bumpy ball painting Some of the children just used one color and some painted with all the different colors…

Bumpy Ball Painting by Teach Preschool

The prints left behind were simply beautiful and the experience led to plenty of opportunities to reinforce descriptive language as the children painted…

Bumpy Ball Painting by Teach Preschool

Some of my students who don’t always choose to paint found painting with a bumpy ball irresistible…

Bumpy Ball Painting by Teach Preschool

Of course, bumpy balls would be a fabulous texture to add to the water table so after the children completed their paintings, I washed up the bumpy balls and set them aside for another day of bumpy ball explorations…

Bumpy Ball Painting by Teach Preschool

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By |2014-04-13T06:00:43+00:00April 13th, 2014|

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.

2 Comments

  1. Belle May 6, 2014 at 4:58 pm - Reply

    Deborah, what curriculum do you follow in your class room?

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