Painting With Nature Items

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Use sticks, stones, leaves and branches to paint a fun piece of process art. Painting with nature is perfect for a spring, summer or fall day.

We have had a crazy few weeks weather wise. Last week, our yard was covered in snow. This week, we are wearing shorts outside. The snow was fun, but the warm weather was welcome. We took a family hike, went to park and just sat outside and enjoyed the weather. My daughter had a friend over during one of these gorgeous days. My daughter wanted to make a big art project with a roll of butcher paper that we have. I suggested that we take it outdoors in case it got messy and boy did it. The kids had a fun-filled morning of painting with nature and with their bodies.

Painting with nature. Paint with sticks, leaves, rock etc.. Kid's play and process art for the spring, summer or fall.

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We rolled out a long sheet of the butcher paper and weighted it down with rocks on the ends. I gave the kids a basket of different colored paints. We used acrylics paints, but tempura paints will work fine too. I strongly recommend using washable paints.

My daughter and her friend gathered sticks, branches, leaves and rocks and placed them nearby. They squeezed globs of paint out all around the paper and then used the nature items to spread out the paint.

Painting with nature. Paint with sticks, leaves, rock etc.. Kid's play and process art for the spring, summer or fall.

Painting with nature. Paint with sticks, leaves, rock etc.. Kid's play and process art for the spring, summer or fall.

There was quite a mess and after a while, the shoes came off and they started dancing across the paper and painting with their feet too.

Messy paint play for the kids. Paint with hands and feet. Messy process art & play

They slipped and slided all around the paper, laughing and giggling the whole time.

Messy paint play for the kids. Paint with hands and feet. Messy process art & play

Soon they were kneeling on the paint and painting with their hands and legs too.

Messy paint play for the kids. Paint with hands and feet. Messy process art & play

Watching them playing and enjoying themselves so freely was such a beautiful thing.

Messy paint play for the kids. Paint with hands and feet. Messy process art & play

They played in the paint until they couldn’t squeeze anymore paint out.

Messy paint play for the kids. Paint with hands and feet. Messy process art & play

Those two paint covered cuties had a blast.

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Nature painting. Paint with sticks, leaves, rock etc.. Kid's play and process art for the spring, summer or fall.

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