In the fourth of our series of nature games and activities for children today we have:
What child does not like painting so why not make things a bit different and make your own paintbrushes out of natural materials.
- A selection of natural materials that you might be able to use to make paintbrushes - eg grass, leaves, wool, feathers, flowers etc.
- Straight sticks for paintbrush handles
- String, sellotape or other natural binding materials
- Paints and paper
|A selection of natural materials for making paintbrushes|
In the top picture the brushes are made from:
Top - Large stem of dead plant (umbellifer) and rosemary leaves secured with a strip off a piece of rhubarb
Middle - Elder stem and grass secured with tape
Bottom - Stick with the bark stripped off and hay, secured with tape
How you continue this activity is really up to you. Options include:
- Use the materials you have collected as they are to paint or print pictures
- Bind the natural materials to the sticks to make paintbrushes and make pictures
- Compare the different paintbrushes to see the effects they make
- Discuss which brushes worked well and which ones did not
- Try to recreate a famous painting with your natural paintbrushes
- Ask your children what materials they most like painting with
- Talk about what bought paintbrushes are made from and whether they are better or worse than the natural paintbrushes
|Paintings made with natural paintbrushes|
Of the 3 paintbrushes Tom, Ben and I made (top picture) the hay one was not ideal as bits of hay kept falling out; the grass one was a bit difficult to control but the rosemary one was the best once we had shortened the length of the "brush".
Do let us know if you have make some masterpieces with natural paintbrushes - you can always post your pictures on our Facebook page
Linking up with Karen at LetKidsBeKids. Why not pop over and see what other things children have been up to this week.