| Dubai, United Arab Emirates


Make marble art

An easy-to-do creative idea for your kids

You will need:
A shoe box with a lid (or any similar box), size doesn’t matter Some marbles Craft paint in different colours Paper

1 Cut several pieces of paper so that they fit comfortably into the bottom of the box. You can use any coloured paper you like, or even tin foil.

2 Put out several pots of craft paint in different colours (acrylic/poster etc – as long as it’s kid-safe and non toxic) into different cups. You can use disposable containers to lesson the clear-up time afterwards too. This especially makes life easier if you have a group of children taking part. Make sure you have a bowl of clean water to hand to too.

3 Dip a marble in some paint and put it into the box. Then put the lid on and shake away. Again, some music on the iPod for some ‘shaky’ dancing, is a good way to get active kids more involved. Boys particularly enjoy this bit of the activity.

4 Take out the marble and drop it into the water for a wash. Then start all over again with a different colour. If you only have one marble per child, simply wash it off between colours.

5 Once the paper in the bottom of the box is suitably coated, remove and leave to dry for a unique piece of art.

Also try:
Adding glitter to the paint for a sparkly affect. Use tin foil instead of paper to create a space-age painting, and use black card with neon paints for a fireworks effect. Just experiment and enjoy!
For more info about parties, camps and workshops, visit www.thecraftstudiodubai.com.

Mind the mess?
If you dread the chaos left over from a craft session, Ola says:

1 Always use table-top plastic coverings that can be wiped clean of spillages.

2 If you are using paint, prep the area beforehand and make sure you have plenty of newspaper to hand, under the table and chairs where the children will be working.

3 Old t-shirts often work better than aprons for keeping clothes clean. If you’re using messy food colourings, they will stain, so double-up with an apron on top of the t-shirt. Latex gloves can prevent little fingers from getting stained too.

4 Providing wipe-clean plastic trays for each child to work on will also help to contain any spillages.

5 Finally, always have an old towel and a vacuum cleaner within easy reach.

By Time Out Dubai kids staff
Time Out Dubai,

Technology for kids

Technology for kids
Chicken pox in Dubai

Chicken pox in Dubai

Add your review/feedback