Thursday, September 18, 2008

Painting with Magnets

Continuing on with our exploration of letter Mm, we tried a new "Mark-Making" art activity: Magnet Painting.

We have a set of Magnetix ($3 at a children's consignment sale) that works perfectly for this activity. I cut some of our easel paper to fit a cookie sheet and taped it in place. If you have strong enough magnets, you could just use the tabletop. KID 1 used two metal balls and two magnetic posts, one for each hand.

He really enjoyed sliding his magnets around the bottom of his tray and watching the effects as the little metal balls rolled through magenta paint.

Special Note: The "stand" for the cookie sheet is actually a tv table turned upside down! Whatever works, right? The links below show three different sizes available in these magnetic building sets. The smaller sets have smaller balls that could be a choking hazard for little ones. Any of these sets would work for this art project, plus add a science toy to your playroom. What a great way to learn cause and effect!

For more tips and tricks, head on over to Works-For-Me Wednesday.


  1. Very cool idea--I love all of your painting-with-something-other-than-paintbrushes projects! Please keep them coming!

  2. Very creative, very fun! I'll be posting a link to this post on my website soon!

  3. How fun! I love the "tray" too--aren't tv trays the best?!


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