Rolling Action Art

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In this activity, learners of all ages will roll a ball coated with paint to artistically visualize the motion of the object. Learners will explore physics of ball rolling, use their own energy to create unique art prints, and have many opportunities to predict, observe, and discuss. Activity includes step-by-step instructions, photos, and ideas for activity extensions.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - adult

Resource Type:


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Pie tin, shallow box or box lid, or any container with a lip
  • Marbles or balls
  • Tempera paints
  • Bowls and spoons
  • Paper
  • Tape


  • Physical Sciences
    • Motion and Forces

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Physical Activity


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


Source Collection

  • Discovery At Home


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