We have been having so much fun teaming up with Tammy of Housing a Forest this week. In case you missed it, we have been sharing fun activities as part of the Play inspired by Nature series. We have played in the mud, made mud pies, painted in the rain 5 WAYS, and made MAGIC puddles on a rainy day. Today, we are both sharing fun ways to create art with nature.
Nature Inspired Texture Paints
Out of all of the activities we have ever shared, this was definitely a favorite for three year old Rosie. She had so much fun! She got to explore through sensory play, art, and science as she mixed and concocted her very own textured nature paints. This activity kept us busy all morning long too!
We began the morning by going on a nature walk to collect nature bits
Rosie and Jewel had lots of fun frolicking through a flowery field and gathering different natural materials
While the girls ran around gathering the bits of nature, I whipped up a base paint for Rosie to use to create her textured nature paints. This recipe was a bit experimental. I wanted a no cook paint that I could easily make while out in nature. We have made other play paints using a similar combination of materials, so I thought the ingredients might work well, and this recipe really did work perfectly!
No Cook Paint Recipe
- 2 cups of flour
- 1 cup of water
- 1 cup of dish soap
Combine ingredients in a bowl and mix until there are no lumps. At first I used a stick to stir, but found it best to use my hands.
You could also use store bought paint to make nature paints. I was not positive how this concoction of ingredients would work, so I brought tempera paint with us just in case. We didn't need it though as this base paint was perfect. Once mixed, I divided the paint so Rosie could make a variety of paints.
Once the girls were done collecting nature bits, Jewel played with the leftover paint base I had made while Rosie got to concocting and creating her nature inspired paints.
I brought along a pack of food coloring so that Rosie could add color to her paints. To sneak a bit of learning into our play, we coordinated the paint colors and nature bits. Rosie loved mixing and concocting her paints
She got to explore a variety of textures
And really had so much fun!
The textured paints she made:
Green Grass Paint
Pink Flower Paint
Yellow Buttercup Paint
Sandy Colored Sand Paint- (no food coloring)
( No food Coloring)
We also made blue seed paint using dandelion seeds
Rosie had a blast creating all of her paints, and then both girls had lots of fun exploring them, and all the varying textures
I gave the girls sticks and daffodils to use as paint brushes, but the best way to explore was with your hands
Even mommy got in on the FUN- Messy high fives!
Process art at it's finest!
This was such a FUN day! Everyone had a blast! We will definitely be doing this activity again and again!
Homemade Texture Paints
inspired by Nature
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