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We picked up this great idea the other day from ‘Teacher Tom.

We were attracted by the a post titled -Boy Art and we figured any idea that attract boys to try creative activities is definitely worth giving a go!

We’ve always enjoyed offering the children marbles to paint with.

It’s a fun creative exercise where the children dip marbles into paint …

drop them into trays lined with paper and roll them around.

It provides a wonderful opportunity for pattern making …

and any one who’s been following our blog for any length of time will know we believe you can never have too many opportunities for colour mixing!

Thanks to Tom we were able to add a new dimension to this popular activity.

Using our removable tray-table-top we headed outside into our wonderful Melbourne, autumn weather …

and using ping pong balls dipped in paint, instead of marbles, we set the children free to create!  (We believe any activity we offer the children inside should work just as successfully in the great outdoors.)

Tom invited his children to move the balls around by blowing through straws but the children found this to be very hard work, the balls kept getting bogged in the thick paint.

So, just like Tom’s students, our Red Group children used the straws to hit the balls around on the paper.

They said it was like playing mini golf!

The children played and created here all morning …

resulting in the paper being replaced several times!

When the Blue Group children arrived we thought we’d mix it up a bit by changing the colours of the paint …

but like the other children, they too found the balls hard to move through the thick paint …

so they elected to roll them around…

using their hands!

They really got into the sensory experience …

with relish!

ooooh soooooo goooooood!!!

Both groups had a ball creating their art …

and we’re sure you’ll agree the different results were spectacular!

Oh and the boys ?

They had SO MUCH FUN!!!

Thank’s ‘Teacher Tom’ for the irresistible idea!

Be sure to visit Teacher Tom and tell him Sherry and Donna sent you!


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18 Responses to “Teacher Tom’s ping pong art”

  1. avatar Ayn Colsh says:

    Very cool! I haven’t tried the ping pong balls with straws yet, but have done golf balls, skoosh balls and marbles, of course!

  2. avatar Danny says:

    Awesome, it’s really cool. I love all of the photos. It’s a great outdoor activity.

  3. avatar Teacher Tom says:

    Thanks for the link!

    I think next time, I’m going to try using liquid watercolor instead of tempera. It will make the balls easier to blow around.

    I’ve also thought about dropping the paint altogether and using blocks to create a kind of maze the blow the balls through. Or maybe building an actual table top “air soccer” game with goals at either end.

  4. avatar Scott says:

    I loved Tom’s idea, too. And seeing your kids doing it makes me more determined to do it with my kids. I love a good, messy activity that is fun and encourages experimentation.

  5. avatar admin says:

    We thought of water colour paints too but didn’t try it. We’d love to know if you do give it a go! The maze idea we have tried. We used straws and cotton balls … lots of fun!

  6. avatar jenny says:

    Loved it when I saw it on Tom’s blog – love it on your blog too! The photos look amazing as well.

  7. avatar beth says:

    Love this activity…..and the rim around the table is awesome

  8. avatar admin says:

    Beth, that table really is awesome … we certainly wouldn’t want to be without it that’s for sure! :) :)


  9. This is so great and very helpful to the kids…


  10. This is a sweet blog. I’m going to subscribe.

  11. avatar jennifer says:

    I have tried straw blowing activities over the years and some children have found it difficult…….lol lots of slobber over the picture too……..I think it is easier if you can manage to get the wider straws which are used for thickshakes ……they are stronger too

    ::: Yep they are wider Tom … to allow for extra dribble to escape! :) :)

  12. avatar MyKidsMake says:

    those kids look like they had a LOT of fun. what a great idea.

    ::: Thanks Becky. They certainly did have fun! :) :)

  13. avatar adina says:

    this looks absolutely great!

    ::: You’re right Adina … It was fabulous! :) :)

  14. avatar Sue says:

    This looks like a lot of fun and I know my grands would love it. Anything that makes a mess or they can use paper and make picture with they love.

    ::: Sue our children had THE best fun with this … enjoy! :) :)

  15. avatar glowinthedork says:

    If you use marbles rather then ping pong balls they will roll much better

    ::: Thanks glow in the dork and you’re absolutely right.! We often use marbles and because of their weight they do roll easier. :) :)


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