Nature's Paint Brushes
Nature provides the most beautiful prints and patterns. I wanted to bring some of those into the classroom, and give children an opportunity to create unique designs with nontraditional brushes.
|The plants and sticks were all collected on a nature walk.|
The brushes were inexpensive to make. The only expense was the cost of the floral tape, which was $1.75 at Walmart.
I set the brushes in individual glass bottles, so the children could see each one separately and pick out the one they wanted to use. I chose a large sheet of drawing paper to allow children room to swing, tap, and swoosh the brush as they felt fit. We used a sheet of aluminum foil to place the paint on, but a plate would work also.
|Children picked the colors they wanted to work with.|
|Some children slapped the paint on and others rubbed.|
|The long pine needles created lines across the paper.|
~ Cover surface & use smocks
~ Sprits brushes with water to keep them from drying out