Painting with Mother Nature

Nature-painting-CROPPED-Studio-Session-157-650x399When people think of painting, they often think of traditional methods like using a paintbrush. But over on the KinderCare blog, there’s a new way of painting and it involves items from nature that combine sensory learning with exploring the outdoors and art. In this project, twigs, bark, pine cones, or the floppy branch of a spruce tree become brushes; they create incredible textures on paper. Time to take the students on a walk, gather supplies, and see what natures inspires in young artists. This activity is also a great art project to set up outdoors, bringing the classroom out into nature (or the playground).


  • Branches, twigs
  • Pinecones
  • Wheat stalks
  • Leaves
  • Flowers
  • Washable tempera paint in a variety of colors
  • White construction paper or heavy paper


  1. Put tempera paint in a series of dishes.
  2. Lay out the flowers and branches.
  3. Show children how to dip the flowers and branches into paint and dab or paint on the paper. Encourage them to paint however they want: gentle dabs, pine cone rolls, or even strong whacks for a spatter paint pattern.

Check out the KinderCare blog for more craft ideas.

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