Who says you have to paint with an easel and brush? Give young children the opportunity to go beyond the ordinary and into the amazing with this awesome painting experience from MaryAnn Kohl, author of The Big Messy Art Book.

Paint a one-of-a-kind masterpiece with Ping-Pong balls and a hair dryer!


  • Butcher paper
  • Tag board or poster board
  • Scissors
  • Masking tape
  • Thin tempera or watercolor paint
  • Small cups or bowls
  • Spoons
  • Ping-Pong balls or other lightweight balls


  1. Cover table with butcher paper.
  2. Cut tag board or poster board into strips 4" (10 cm) wide.
  3. Tape the 4" (10 cm) poster board strips around the edge of the table, making a continuous border that will keep the balls from rolling off the table.
  4. Put about 1 1/2" (4 cm) of paint in each cup or bowl. Place one spoon in each color.
  5. Plop a Ping-Pong ball in each cup. Roll it over in the paint in the cup to coat.
  6. Use a spoon to pick up a ball and drop it on the paper. Use one color and a ball, or add several colors and balls.
  7. Blow the painted balls around the table with the hair dryer. Hint: As always, use CAUTION with electrical cords and electricity. Adult supervision required. Keep water away from the hair dryer.
  8. Rinse Ping-Pong balls in a big bowl of clear water, and dry with an old towel before reusing.


  • Make small puddles of thin paint on the paper; blow the Ping-Pong balls through the puddles creating lines of design.
  • Use your own blow power (pucker and blow) to roll the balls about.

The finished product is sure to blow you away!