Spice up your art activity by heading outside to gather Nature Brushes. Allow children to think outside the box and gather various materials from around the yard to experiment with. Sticks, flowers, shells…anything can be a brush if you really think about it!
When sitting down (or standing up, for all you Pollock fans out there) to paint, stick to just a few colors. Two primary colors and white are ideal. This gives kids an opportunity to explore color mixing and learn about hues. How many different shades of green can you make?
Rollout a long piece of paper onto the ground or deck so kids are free to make a mess. If you do not have a roll of paper, consider using the reverse side of wrapping paper!
When these creative explorations are all finished (and thoroughly dry), they can easily turn into a beautiful table runner or placemat for the upcoming holidays!
Do you have a craft you think other members of the CMEE community would enjoy? Email the Museum’s Director of Education, Liz Bard!