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Kids Activity: Painting with Nature

Updated September 7, 2015

how to paint with nature

Kids can learn in so many ways. A great way to learn is through nature. While walking through the woods we found some items to paint with. Painting with nature is fun, easy, educational, and cost-effective. So how exactly do you paint with nature?

Take a walk with your kids and start looking around for items that have a different texture. Make sure you take a plastic bag or bucket with you to carry your items in.  Look everywhere and keep your mind open because anything goes when painting with nature! Make sure you talk about the texture and color with your kids! There are so many ways to learn during this activity. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Ideas for Painting with Nature

  • Corn Cob (there are 3 ways you can paint with corn cobs: the husk, the cob with corn on it and the cob with the corn taken off)
  • Acorns
  • Wildflowers
  • Leaves
  • Walnuts (These work well in a bin with your child holding the bin and rolling them around in the paint)
  • Pine Needles
  • Pine Cones
  • Rocks
  • Sticks

Get your work station ready and your supplies out. It may be better to have this activity outside if you are able to otherwise just cover your table with a trash bag or some other kind of covering to try to contain the mess. Washable kids paint is always best that way they can paint their masterpiece and not worry about messing up their clothes!

Set out different colors of paint for them to choose from. I find that small bowls work well but if you have a muffin tin that actually works best. You can put many different colors in the tin and you only have one thing to wash….. not counting your child. 🙂

Set out all their nature “paintbrushes” that you collected and let them start painting. Refrain from showing your kids how to do it… instead let them figure out how it works. All kids will work differently when painting with nature. Some will dip and drag the items and some will dip and roll. Some will even paint their hands instead! There are no right or wrong ways with this activity so just let them have fun and enjoy it.

Painting with nature is a fun activity and a great way to spend time with your child. Make sure you let your kids create their project all by themselves without instructions from you. It will teach them independence and they will sure be proud of something that they created themselves. Try joining them and making your own masterpiece it really is a lot of fun!


1 Comment

  • Shannon
    August 20, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    What a fun craft. Thank you for sharing with us!


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