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Wiffle Ball Painting

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Simple Summer Activities Wiffle Ball PaintingWe are in the midst of a week all about balls in this house.  We have been playing “hall ball,” talking round and bouncing all over the place. We have also been searching high and low for circles and balls and I thought it would be fun to create some art while we were at it.  And I am in love with the results.

Since I am not a very artistic person, my daughter is helping me to develop my art muscle (it is there, I am sure).  I like to do “process art” with her because the results are completely open-ended, but she gets the experience of creating something beautiful.  And this fun project was so messy and active!  

Here is what we did: Wiffle Ball Painting!

Oh, it is so simple to put together this simple art activity.  Here’s how:



I cut the butcher paper to fit in the bottom of the bin and taped it down on the sides.  Then I asked G to pick three colors of paint.  She chose blue, yellow, and purple.  I squirted a little bit of paint (haphazardly) on the paper.

wiffle ball painting prep

We put this in the bathtub (and put G in her swimsuit) so that the mess didn’t get everywhere.

I told her to add the balls to the bin and roll them around a bit.  She did this for a little while with her hands, but then we started to roll the balls around by picking up the bin and tilting it in different directions.

wiffle ball painting 2

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wiffle ball painting 3

The resulting art work was so neat!  Does it remind you of any “known” artists?  wiffle ball painting artwork

We had lots of fun with it and we tried it again with some more colors.  This was such a great easy summer activity!

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  • Reply Emma July 30, 2013 at 2:15 AM

    Wiffle balls? Now that we haven’t tried…yet! I love the idea of doing this project in a bathtub – keep the mess contained!

    • Reply ussleah July 30, 2013 at 7:31 AM

      It was so fun – and messy! Our little one loved making the mess AND cleaning it up – how blessed we are!

  • Reply Kacey August 3, 2013 at 7:05 AM

    What a fun idea. I know my boys would love this. Stopping by from SITS Sharefest

  • Reply OneMommy August 3, 2013 at 7:29 AM

    Looks like a fun and messy time! 🙂

    Stopping in from SITS

  • Reply Tiffany August 3, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    This is an awesome idea! I may actually take this to use with my Girl Scout Troop (with some neatness revisions for 12 Girlies..lol) but I love it…Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply ussleah August 5, 2013 at 8:30 AM

      Ooohh! That sounds like fun (and a mess!)! Glad you found some inspiration in our activity. And thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

  • Reply Debs August 5, 2013 at 1:46 AM

    Thanks for linking this post to Tuesday Tots. Just letting you know that I am featuring it in this week’s TT features on Learn with Play at home 🙂

    • Reply ussleah August 5, 2013 at 8:29 AM

      Thanks so much! I will check it out!

  • Reply Eva @ The Multitasking Mummy August 6, 2013 at 1:42 AM

    I love this, so creative. I’m always looking for new creative things to try so thanks for sharing this and thank you for linking up for Mummy Mondays too.

  • Reply Amie M August 11, 2013 at 6:56 AM

    I have no idea what a wiffle ball is (I’m Australian) but this activity looks great and I can already imagine a few possibilities for using the finished product 🙂

    • Reply ussleah August 11, 2013 at 7:17 AM

      Funny, Amie! I guess it is an American thing. It is a plastic ball with holes in it. Kids use them early on in learning how to throw balls and play baseball. I assume you could use whatever balls you like, but I thought these would be interesting and safe.

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