A Ball for Daisy
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Rolling Ball Masterpiece

The art activity was inspired by A Ball for Daisy. To learn more about the book and to see all our A Ball for Daisy activities, click here


Inspired by Daisy’s favorite toy (and a previous activity using a potato), this activity is sure to generate an abundance of enthusiasm and smiles. There is no need to explain to your young reader that while a brilliant masterpiece is being created, a science lesson is also going on. Try tilting the box higher and lower and comment on how it affects the speed of the ball. What ‘s the formula for that? Oh yes – Curiosity+Exploration=FUN!


Rolling Ball Masterpiece

Rolling Ball Masterpiece


Rolling Ball Masterpiece


  • Balls in a variety of sizes and with a variety of textured surfaces. We used a tennis ball, a ping pong ball, a smooth rubber ball and put rubber bands on it, a golf ball, and a cat toy ball.
  • Paint
  • Paper
  • Large cardboard box
  • Containers to hold paint


How to Do It

  1.  Place a large sheet of paper in the bottom of the box.
  2. Squirt paint in the bottom of a container and roll a ball in it.
  3. Place the paint-covered ball in the box and tilt the box to make the roll.
  4. Repeat the process with the other balls, using a variety of paint colors.


Rolling Ball Masterpiece


Why We Like It

  • Using a large cardboard box adds an extra element of fun and movement to the activity. The pattern the ball will travel is less controllable than with a smaller box and this makes for lots of surprises and giggles.
  • Incorporating the use of different angles to make the balls roll at different speeds is an early exploration of physics.


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