Painting with natural fruits is always a hit! Art engages children’s senses in open-ended play and supports the development of cognitive, social-emotional, and multi-sensory skills.
Nature-based art projects are a wonderful opportunity for kids to learn about nature, practice the scientific method, and do some engineering all at the same time.
The best way to develop creativity is to provide a variety of materials and to give children time to create on their own. This activity is super yummy, a bit messy, and you can find all the materials right at home!
- Paper (Drawing paper roll, card stock, water color paper, or plain white paper)
- Berries, frozen or fresh (raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, etc)
- A plastic tablecloth to cover your work surface (Optional)
- A smock or old dark colored t-shirt (Optional)
Let’s get creative!
We covered our table with drawing paper roll and taped it, that way the surface was fully covered and the boys’ had unlimited space to let their creativity flow. Once they were done I was able to rip the paper off, cut out their masterpieces, and throw the rest away. If you don’t have drawing paper roll, grab some newspapers, or a tablecloth to protect the surface from all the colorful, juicy mess.
Once you place down the bowl with cut berries, your little ones may think it’s snacktime and will probably try to eat some of the fruits, they’ll also get curious and begin to stamp, smudge, rub, and squeeze the fruits on the paper. This semi-messy activity will awaken four of your child’s major senses; touch, sight, taste, and smell.
Berry juice makes a pretty, translucent color, similar to watercolor. Once your kids are all done painting, allow the juice to dry. Now you have a great new abstract art piece, made by your kiddo to display!
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