Painting Fall Colours with Golf Balls

Toddlers and preschoolers explore fall colours with this jumpy, bouncy, energetic art technique!

We’re getting right into the fall crafts these days..Today we were painting fall colours with golf balls!   I’ve seen so many posts that have kids painting with marbles in a cardboard box, and I’ve wanted to try it here for a while.  We don’t have any marbles, but we have a huge bucket of golf balls, and I’ve heard they work well too.

Do they ever!!  This was one of the best art/paint activities we’ve ever done.  I love that it’s easy enough for even the youngest ones to have complete control over.

We talked about Autumn, and how the leaves change colour, and we agreed that orange, red, yellow and brown were the best colours to use for this project.

supplies for painting fall colours with golf balls

Painting with golf balls:

We put a piece of white cardboard (you can use any kind of paper, or card-stock.  We just happen to have a lot of white cardboard) into the bottom of a cardboard box.  Then we dribbled Tempra Paint onto the white cardboard (this was the only part of the activity that I participated in, simply because I wanted to control the amount of paint that went into the box – you don’t need a lot.

The Hooligans tossed the golf balls in, and then had a great time tipping and tilting and jiggling that box while the golf balls did their thing.  making a painted fall collage with golf balls

The results were truly beautiful.  What was really neat, was because the golf balls don’t get right up to the edge of the box, you’re left with a kind of “border” around the art.

If you haven’t tried this activity, you really must.  It is so simple, and the kids will have a blast.  I think these are pretty enough to frame, and hang in your child’s room.

**Update**  Since making these little numbers, we’ve pulled the golf-balls out for painting several times.  Each time, the process is just as much fun as in the past, and I swear, the projects just keep getting prettier and prettier!  Have a look for yourself.  We used golf balls to make spider webs at Hallowe’en, candy-canes at Christmas, and my very favourite were our egg garlands at Easter.

Happy Painting!!


    • happyhooligans says

      We had 5 or 6 zooming around at the same time. I would recommend a box with tall sides. Ours even had a wee edge around the top which really stopped them from popping out.

  1. says

    We did a similar project with friends not to long ago.
    We used tins and ping pong balls but same concept. Heheh .. I love the idea of the cardboard boxes and golf balls. The colors are gorgeous!! Around my little ones, though, balls tend to get thrown at some point so I think next we will try out the cardboard boxes but stick with the ping pong balls for saftey. :) Beautiful work!!

  2. Sarah says

    I’ve done something like this, and we used a box with a lid! Really keeps the balls from bouncing out “accidentally”, but you have to open the lid once in a while to check out how the picture looks. :)

    • happyhooligans says

      You definitely could. I think thinner paper would be best for that – easier for cutting than the cardboard. Thanks for the great idea. :)

  3. Sherry says

    My pre-school kids love doing a mini version of this, Marbles in a 9″ round (or square) tin baking dish! :) so much fun!!

    • happyhooligans says

      Yes! I loved the “border” too. I didn’t even expect that, so I was surprised when it turned out that way. Thanks for coming on board!

  4. margie goodluck says

    Hello happy hooligans….from me in sunny Australia
    just a quick note to thank you for sharing with us all, your passion for nurturing the creativity within all of us…especially children…! Thanks for sharing your fabulous ideas with such enthusiasm and colour. they are all so fun, creative, easy and affordable. all the best to you and your happy little hooligans….you are a blessing to us all. margie g xx

    • happyhooligans says

      What a beautiful comment to wake up to on a Monday morning, Margie! Thank you! It’s wonderful to know we’re inspiring others through our crafts and activities. Blessings to you! x

  5. says

    This looks like so much fun! I loved marble painting as a kids and this is a great variation. I wonder how it would be to use both marbles and golf balls…

  6. Mahala says

    we’ll be giving this a go – briliiant pieces of artwork! Now I know what to do with all my delivery boxes 😉

  7. Kristina Seifert says

    I have also take a long sand table, or similar table, and let the kids roll/toss the gold balls to the other end. They love doing this!


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