Summertime is about being carefree, not worrying about the schedules that hold us back and the deadlines…. well that is what I wish summer was. Really it’s only sometimes like this but the day we made this it was. My son was playing with the neighbors and I grabbed this huge piece of cardboard, some paint and called them to the driveway. We had three kids 2, 5 and 7 years old all completely engaged, here is the super simple how to.
Painting with Nature
- Gather your materials. All you need is something to paint, paint, and a yard to find potential tools. Spread out some paint. We used a huge piece of cardboard but you can do this on a much smaller scale too.
- Tell the kids to find things to paint with.
- Paint! Both big kids went straight to the pine tree and made prints.
- My 2-year-old sat down in the paint with a rock and explored.
- They grabbed hydrangeas and snapdragons.
- Whipped paint with ferns.
- Made cool leaf and flower prints.
- Made a huge happy mess.
This was such a fantastic open and free art activity and seeing their faces light up as they said ” Oh I have an idea!” before running off to the yard to come back with a snap dragon or maple leaf was exhilarating. My 2 year old was covered in paint. I couldn’t get a picture because she grabs for the camera and I was worried she’d grab the lens. The paint soaked through her pants all the way to her diaper. She was in heaven, painting with nature. Memories were made with such a simple summer activity!
Mud Hut Mama says
I love this idea. So simple but really gets them exploring and thinking while having a great time.
Do this tomorrow…if it stops raining!!!
Paula Bonesteel says
Simple project, rich in potential learning. I’m going to link to this on our fb page. Thanks!
Jen Fischer says
I love this! Painting outside is the best way to get my active/outdoors little guy interested in art. When we read a children’s book about Diego Rivera, he got interested in painting murals. So, we did big painting outside and my toddler loved using a rock to paint. http://jennifischer.blogspot.com/2012/04/cinco-de-mayo-inspired-diego-rivera.html
What a wonderful idea!
cool idea! my kids love to collect rocks and it would be cool if they could paint them too!
What paint did you use?
Allison McDonald says
For this I used Melissa and Doug Poster paint.
beth tandy says
Where can I find poster paint?
Allison McDonald says
This was crayola, I got it at Walmart.