What to do with this activity?
Marbling is a way of getting beautiful patterns onto paper. It gets its name because it sometimes looks like marble stone.
It involves floating oil paints onto the surface of a shallow tray of water. Next, you carefully swirl the colours around with a tooth pick or bamboo skewer to make the patterns you want. Then a piece of non-shiny paper is laid very carefully onto the top to pick up the pattern and the paper is laid out on newspapers to dry. For good picture instructions have a look at this link from Adventures in Making.
For perhaps an easier variation, try spreading shaving foam (not cream) on a shallow tray. Then sprinkle coloured paints onto the surface and swirl around. Have a look here for step by step instructions from The Artful Parent.
Why am I doing this?
Playing is one of the most effective ways children learn. It builds your child’s concentration and thinking skills as well as building their skills in using numbers, seeing patterns and being able to group things together. Playing games with others helps their social skills and gives them a chance to practice things they have heard and seen.
How can I do more?
Playing games that involve words are great for increasing your child’s vocabulary. Games that involve dices and numbers help with maths and logical reasoning.
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