Texture Exploration with Nature-made Paintbrushes
Are you looking for new and exciting ways to paint with your kids? I know I’m always on the lookout for something different. Today we had a lot of fun in our texture exploration with nature-made paintbrushes. The kids were excited to head out into the yard to gather materials to use a paintbrushes.
- Paint smocks (we use old t-shirts)
- Nature-made paintbrushes
- Paint trays
- Bowl or pail
- Find a bowl (or pail) and head outside into the yard to collect some nature-made paintbrushes (we collected grass, acorns, sticks, flowers, leaves, carrot tops, rocks, pine cones and more).
- Setup a workspace with a paint tray, smock, and paper – this could be anywhere from the yard to the dining room table.
- Have your child select their paint colors.
- Have your child start painting.
This is a great child-led activity. I told the kids what we were going to do and then set them free to find their nature-made paintbrushes. They picked their paint colors and choose which “brushes” to paint with and what designs to make. As they painted we talked about the designs that the different “brushes” made and how each brush felt while they were holding it.
Overall the kids had a great time as they made all of their decisions themselves. Its great to allow kids the freedom to learn and create at their own pace when we can. We painted on large sheets of paper that can later be used as wrapping paper.
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