I had seen marble painting mentioned in a couple of different blogs and kids craft magazines, and was really looking forward to trying it out with the boys. Since it was a nice sunny day, and the boys were itching to do a project, we decided to head outside for some painting fun in the sun. Using the backyard instead of the kitchen was a nice change of scenery, and it really kept me from worrying too much about the potential mess.
First, cut a piece of paper to fit in the bottom of a pan, box lid or other shallow dish. You may want to tape the sides down if you think that your little ones will be too interested in taking the paper out of the pan.
Make sure that everyone has on clothing that they can get messy in! My three-year-old was really into this project, but he was also really into taking the marbles out of the dish and cleaning them off over and over and OVER again.
Throw in a couple of marbles and let the kids slant and turn the dish to roll the marbles back and forth across the paint.