Nature’s Paintbrushes

Whenever I mix up a new household concoction I am reminded of my Grandmother Rose. Molded during the Great Depression she abhorred waste. I recall one day being at her house when she found a twenty-five cent stamp on the floor and called everyone to the room in a panic asking to whom it belonged. I also loved the old pantyhose that hung in the bathroom to collect small pieces of left over soap. Nothing went to waste in her house. Our modern culture is so obsessed with throwing away and always having what is new. The Artful Parent recently posted about a wonderful idea for an art project with children: Nature Paintbrushes. The process of going out into the forest behind our house and finding sticks and plant material with which to make our nature brushes absolutely delighted my children. They really got into the process. It was so refreshing to be able to start a brand new project without leaving the house to pick up supplies. I even partook and enjoyed the painting; the long moss brush was my favorite. Although our brushes did not turn out as picture perfect as the ones from the Artful Parent, we still enjoyed the project just as much if not more. My grandmother would have loved this idea.



10 thoughts on “Nature’s Paintbrushes

  1. I still remember, when my son was a small child, his art teacher had set apart a day for finger painting. It was wonderful to see beautiful art work done by children using their fingers. It was very satisfying to them too. Nowadays parents are eager to buy expensive toys, children play in sensitized surroundings. We thus deprive them the fun to play with things natural. Sometimes it is much more fun to play with water or mud, to appreciate birds and animals, than to play with a robotic car.

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  2. What a great idea! Thank you for sharing this. My business partner and I also operate a child care service in our local elementary school district. Our summer camp children would love to do something like this!


  3. Hi, I recently uploaded my creative projects on recycling plastic bottles and one of my friends suggested that this would be a great craft projects for kids. I immediately thought of you, as I deeply appreciate your efforts at green living and clean living. You think of the most innovative projects to bond with and develop your children’s minds. So, please check out this link, I am sure it will be an interesting project for you and your kids. Thanks.


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