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Collect grass, leaves, stems, and flowers and make your own nature paintbrushes with your kids this summer and explore the different patterns and textures each of the paintbrushes can create.
As we head into Spring and then Summer the kids are going to want to get outdoors more. There are so many fun activities for them to do outside and this is just one of them.
Making your own paintbrushes is an easy (and free!) way to encourage your kids to use their imagination while exploring textures at the same time.
This fun activity will get you and your kids out in nature and your little ones will have a blast collecting natural materials before you start making paintbrushes out of them.
Painting is an activity that is fun for all ages, toddlers, preschoolers, older kids and even adults will love experimenting with paint to see what marks the nature paintbrushes will make.
So get outside, go on a nature walk, collect lots of interesting pieces of nature, and get painting!
How to Make Nature Paint Brushes
Collecting the natural material for this activity is half the fun. Paintbrushes can be made from a wide variety of different materials, many of which you probably already have in your yard.
But you can also go on a walk and see what interesting pieces of nature you can find and look for different textures and patterns of the things you collect and talk about which pieces of nature you think will make good patterns.
What You Need For Nature Paint Brushes
- Grass, leaves, stems, flowers, etc.
- Poster paint
- Start by gathering leaves, stems, grass, and flowers of your choice.
- Making nature paintbrushes is super easy. Simply pinch them into clothespins and you’re done! Each paintbrush will create a different pattern in the painting. The more different brushes, the more variety in the process.
- Lay out a piece of paper and get some pots of paint. Try dabbing the brushes on the paper, sweeping them across it and start exploring the different patterns and textures each of the paintbrushes can create.
Here are some questions you can ask your child to help them reflect:
- How do the shapes of your paintbrushes compare to the ones in the store?
- Are any similar?
- Which of the brushes you made was your favorite to paint with?
Have fun, get messy, and explore!
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