Nature Paintbrush Art Activity

Nature Paintbrush Art Activity

Perfect for outdoor learning or bringing the outdoors in, the Nature Paintbrush Art Activity provides an authentic play opportunity and a fun multisensory experience for young learners. Using leaves, pinecones, acorns, and other items found in nature, children will create unique paintbrushes that will help them explore different textures and patterns as they paint. The Nature Paintbrush Art Activity encourages child-directed discovery while also supporting science investigations, art exploration, and language development.

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 Nature Paintbrush

Required Materials:

1Gather Natural Materials

Go on a nature walk and gather some of the leaves, pinecones, and acorns that have fallen from the trees. You can also purchase nature packs to provide children with a variety of natural materials to use.

2Paint with Nature

Have children use tweezers or clothespins to pick up natural materials and create nature paintbrushes! Children can use a variety of natural materials to create a unique piece of art with nature.


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