This easy basketball marble painting is a fun and easy art project that you can make with your kids to celebrate Black History Month. Young basketball fans will enjoy this activity while also learning about important trailblazing Black Americans in basketball. This craft was inspired by Sheryl Swoopes, the first player to sign with the Women’s National Basketball Association. I was also inspired by Earl Llyod, the first African American to play in an NBA game on Oct. 31, 1950 and Bill Russell, the first African American to win MVP in the NBA. Scroll down to download the FREE basketball template.
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Supplies for Basketball Marble Painting
- FREE Basketball template
- Orange paint
- Recycled box or plastic bin
- White Cardstock
- First, download and print the basketball template. It’s available for FREE in the supplies section. The PDF file includes a large basketball outline for kids to paint.
- Next, tape the basketball template inside of a recycled box or plastic bin.
- Add a few drops of orange paint inside of the container with the basketball template.
- Let your child drop a few marbles inside of the container. If they are under the age of three, make sure you handle the marbles due to it being a choking hazard.
- Now it’s time to have fun! Tilt the container to move the marbles around to paint the paper. Make sure you cover the basketball with as much paint as possible.
- Once your child is finished, carefully remove the basketball template then set it aside to dry.
- Finally, use scissors to cut out the basketball. You can hang up the basketball marble painting around the house or make multiple to create a garland.
Watch the video below to see how I made this easy basketball marble painting to celebrate Black History Month. Make sure to follow me on YouTube for more amazing content!
You can find these cool books about basketball on Amazon (As an Amazon Associate, I’ll earn a commission, at no additional cost to you. This only applies if you click through and make a purchase. Thank you for your support!), your local library or visit your local book shop. If you’re looking for a Black-owned business in Tampa Bay to support, check out Cultured Books or Black English Bookstore. You can also order from them online.
- Goodnight Basketball by Michael Dahl
- Allie’s Basketball Dream by Barbara Barber
- The Boy Who Never Gave Up by Anthony Curcio
- B is for Baller: The Ultimate Basketball Alphabet by James Littlejohn
- Dream Big: Michael Jordan and the Pursuit of Excellence by Deloris Jordan
- The Boy Who Became King by Anthony Curcio
- Above the Rim: How Elgin Baylor Changed Basketball by Jen Bryant
- More than Just a Game: The Black Origins of Basketball by Madison Moore
- Salt in His Shoes: Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream by Deloris Jordan & Roslyn M. Jordan
- Lion on the Inside: How One Girl Changed Basketball by Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir & Judith Henderson
Learn about Black History Month with these awesome books for kids and teens. You can find these books on Amazon (As an Amazon Associate, I’ll earn a commission, at no additional cost to you. This only applies if you click through and make a purchase. Thank you for your support!), your local library or visit your local book shop. If you’re looking for a Black-owned business in Tampa Bay to support, check out Cultured Books or Black English Bookstore. You can also order from them online.
- We March by Shane W. Evans
- Mae Among the Stars by Roda Ahmed
- A History of Me by Adrea Theodore
- The ABCs of Black History by Rio Cortez
- Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre by Carole Boston Weatherford
- Fearless Mary: Mary Fields, American Stagecoach Driver by Tami Charles
- Coretta: The Autobiography of Mrs. Coretta Scott King by Coretta Scott King
- Be a King: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream and You by Carole Boston Weatherford
- Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly
- Saving the Day: Garrett Morgan’s Life-Changing Invention of the Traffic Signal by Karyn Parsons
Watch the video below to learn about Tampa’s Black History. Make sure to follow me on YouTube for more amazing content!
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