move aside, store-bought brushes!
Yes, a stash of nice kids' paintbrushes is a lovely thing to have. But going for a walk and gathering bits of nature to use as paintbrushes makes for double the fun.
We all have them, the multi-colored paintbrushes that we bought when we bought our kids their first bottles of paint. And those paintbrushes have likely gotten more than a little bit of use. Why not grab your paint, leave the brushes in the craft cabinet and head outside to explore nature, get creative and gather some natural brushes from your walk?
Not only will kids look more closely at their surroundings while on the walk, but they'll also use some great critical thinking skills to figure out what will and won't work with paint. Coming home and putting their nature finds to the paint test will likely yield them some successful and some not-so-successful choices.
On our walk, we gathered a gardenia, a couple of rocks, a chunk of grass, a blooming garlic flower, a few little branches, a sprig of rosemary, a piece of tall grass and several leaves.
Natural paintbrush masterpiece
Image credit: Nichole Beaudry
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