Ever wonder what the little caveman kids did for fun? Other than their hands and fruit juices for coloring…what did they use to paint with? Well today’s activity is all about using natural tools as paintbrushes! You pass by some of these objects every day and probably don’t give them a second look, but now that it’s on your mind, how many things can you find to paint with?
You’ll need to set up a table or hard surface (like a patio/deck) for your little one to paint on and grab some washable finger paints. We had a LOT of paint on our clothes after we were done painting but it all came out untreated in the wash.
Next, take your toddler around the yard, park, or town to find objects to paint with. Don’t limit it to things that you’d envision as a modern day paint brush (like leaves on a stick or an evergreen branch), think outside the box and use pinecones, corn cobs, long grasses, etc.
Finally, squirt a few healthy portions of paint on your painting paper and lay your tools out. Your toddler may need a little encouragement at first, but will absolutely LOVE playing with new tools and watching each one create it’s own pattern.
This activity was a huge hit and it’s a great way for your toddler to use his imagination + think outside the box. I bet you parents will have some fun too. 😉