As crisp air replaces hot, humid days we’re making sure we spend as much time as we can outside, giving our little ones the opportunity to explore and engage in their surroundings. Add a little creative arts and crafts to that and we’re one happy family! That’s why I just loved an idea I recently came across about making and using “nature’s paintbrushes” by Dirt Girl World. We decided to give it a try and we now have a go-to weekend activity for the season!
Here’s our take on it:
I explained to the kiddos what types of materials we were looking for—anything that would help us paint and/or make crafts once we got back home—and then set out on a walk with a few containers. We collected easy-to-handle sticks/twigs, acorns, leaves and pine branches/needles.
At first, we concentrated on making paintbrushes with our materials. The older children used pine needles and attached them to a twig with a little hair elastic. For the younger ones I found it easier to simply cut off the lower pine needles on a branch and leave the top ones.
Next, we used a variety of items from nature to make prints and other crafts. My favorite was the wonderful “watches” L. made for her friends out of acorns and ribbons.
We took out some paint and paper and let the kids try out their new “paintbrushes.” They not only enjoyed the painting process, but an added treat was the realization of what they were using as paintbrushes gave them a good giggle!
As we continue to do this throughout the fall I know we’ll be sure to share more ideas on ways to get out, collect and use tools from nature’s “craft store.” Stay tuned and feel free to share your ideas below in the meantime!