Magnet Painting Activity

by Amy on March 4, 2010

Yesterday, the girls had fun with magnet painting. This is something they both remember doing at preschool and were excited to experiment with it again! You will need:

I think you can see the basic set-up in the picture below. You want your box to be propped up slightly – we used a little bit of masking tape to secure our box to some blocks. Put some washable paint in a bowl, plop in a magnetic marble and stir it around. When you are ready to paint, the marble goes in the box on top of your paper, and you use the magnet wand under the box to make it move all around.

For the best marble control, make sure you keep the magnet wand against the bottom of the box. Keep adding new magnetic marbles covered in paint to complete your masterpiece!

You can try this magnet painting variation too: Squirt some paint onto your paper. Put a clean magnetic marble into the box and use your magnet wand to swirl all the colors together. Delaney tried this with two marbles, which was really neat, too!

Magnet painting is all about the process. The finished products are not necessarily anything special, but the girls love them just the same!

How do you like to play with magnets?

Please remember to supervise your little ones with the magnetic marbles!


20 Large Magnetic Marbles

Large Magnetic Marbles


Magnetic Wand


countryfun March 4, 2010 at 10:46 am

Interesting twist on marble painting – marble rolled around a pie pan, etc. Will have to hunt up my magnetic marbles and wands.

Jocelyne March 4, 2010 at 3:36 pm

Awesome! Definitely on our to-do list :)

dana March 5, 2010 at 4:17 am

hmmm..i might have to let the magnetic ice skaters do some painting before i clean them up!

Zoe @ Playing by the book March 5, 2010 at 12:07 pm

This looks like a lot of fun and I guess the marbles and magnetic wands could be used instead to move little puppets around on a stage if you wanted to tell a story. Lovely equipment.

Deborah March 5, 2010 at 7:57 pm

Really cool idea!

Barbara Zaborowski March 7, 2010 at 4:02 pm

Paperclips and nails in the box can also be moved by magnet wands and give a different effect. Great post!

Heba March 26, 2010 at 4:15 pm

I am an early childhood educator student, and today I did this activity in my placement ( I go to a childcare twice as a week a part of my program) and the children loved it!! My mentors also loved it and were very impressed!

So, I wanted to thank you for sharing your unique ideas with everyone :)

Erica April 3, 2010 at 11:16 am

Super cool idea! I just found your blog and am having fun looking around at all the ideas! I already have this magnet kit, so we’ll have to do this craft next!

celita June 25, 2010 at 6:15 am

Excelent idea! I ll try it with my daughters

Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin Tree February 23, 2011 at 6:54 am

What a cool idea! Love it!

Jamie @ hands on : as we grow February 23, 2011 at 1:57 pm

Looks like a lot of fun and I gotta get some magnetic marbles – or something that would work. This would provide some great entertainment for my toddler.


Janelle April 6, 2011 at 5:31 am

This looks like such a fun activity. Your photos make me want to go out and buy the magnet supplies immediately!

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