Neptune Painting for Kids

Neptune Painting for Kids is perfect for exploring visual arts and fine motor skills with your little learners. Your preschoolers and kindergartners are sure to love this open-ended ball painting experience. Don’t forget to add this quick and easy planet craft to your next space preschool theme! 

collage of Neptune Painting for Kids images with text: Neptune Swirl Painting for Little KidsThis week we’re exploring Giant Planets and we’re having a blast making our very own solar system! We started with a Paper Plate Sun Painting for Kids and each day we’ve been adding a new planet. Today we’re learning all about Neptune with this Neptune Painting for Kids

ball painting on paper plate
Neptune is an ice giant with swirling storms. It has 14 moons and 6 rings. The planet is blue. 

ball painting activity using paper plate
ball being rolled over paint on paper plate
Did you know that sometimes Pluto is closer to the sun (and us) than Neptune is? How cool is that? The little guy definitely thought it was! That’s just one of the many fun facts we learned today as we explored Neptune. Learn even more cool stuff about Neptune here

child rotating paper plate with ball and paint
preschooler rotating paper plate with ball and paint to make planet process art
And while we’re on the subject, baby girl is loving all of this month’s fun planet-themed songs: 

Ring around the planets,
Jupiter and Neptune,
Uranus and Saturn,
They all have rings!  

This has been such a wonderful homeschool week! We’ve just about wrapped up all eight planets and learned about dwarf planet Pluto too!

child ball painting on paper plate to make Neptune Painting for Kids
In the meantime, the little guy and baby girl are all kinds of excited to start Exploring Space next week with lessons about gravity and rocket ships. Did I mention that he asked for a telescope?  

child ball painting using paint, ball, and paper plate
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A huge thanks to Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) for providing us with their Experience Preschool curriculum for free in exchange for sharing our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. It’s been such a huge blessing to us! As always, my opinions on awesome stuff for little kids are 100% my own.

ball swirling paint on paper plate
ball painting on paper plate using bouncy ball
I’m willing to bet that your little kids will love this ball painting process art activity. I know mine definitely did! 

Neptune Painting for Kids

What you’ll need

  • Inspiration Photo
  • Small Ball
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Paint (Blue, White)
  • Pan or Box

Here’s how to do it

Set Up

  • Set out Inspiration Photo and additional supplies. 


  • What colors will you squirt on your paper? 
  • What happens when you roll a ball through the paint? 
  • How does the ball roll differently when you put your paper planet in different types of pans, e.g., circle cake pan, rectangle cake pan, box? 
  • Can you cut a circle shape for Neptune from paper?  


  • Did the child use his or her wrists to rotate the pan or box side-to-side and up and down? 
  • How did the child describe what was happening with the ball and paint? 

We ended up using paper plates for this activity. I’m still not exactly sure how that happened. The little guy likes to grab things from the bins I have filled with left-overs from our curriculum kits. 

paper plate ball painting process art
Either way, I love how these quick and easy planet crafts turned out! Both kiddos put a tray underneath their paper plates and rotated the tray in different directions while observing how the ball rolled. 

ball painting Neptune process art
Neptune Painting for Kids process art on paper plate
The little guy and baby girl had lots of fun experimenting with basic physics concepts while making Neptune process art.

And of course, ball painting couldn’t have been a more perfect way to demonstrate Neptune’s swirling clouds and strong winds.     

Don’t forget to check back if you’re interested in seeing what we’re up to next week with our space & sky theme from Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time)

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collage of Neptune Painting for Kids images with text: Neptune Swirl Painting for Little Kids