In the post 5 Nature Art Projects to do With Toddlers Leah mentioned using produce for painting. These veggies were about to head to the compost, but I remembered that I wanted to try using vegetables as paintbrushes, so they got a colorful dip instead.
The shapes of the cut celery and radishes made for some fun printing.
I kept a rag nearby because sometimes we wanted to wipe off the paint and use the same veggie in another color. The spinach just made gloop dots at the first print, but made a nice leaf shape after some of the paint came off.
The keys to being able to enjoy this kind of painting (for me) are:
- Having a vinyl table cloth so I don’t have to worry about spills
- A paint shirt for my young artist
- Not putting out too many colors with a younger child so they can just enjoy the experience of what these few colors do together.
- Having my own paper and experimenting myself.
- Letting the child experiment and find their own way. I mean, is there really a “right” way to paint with celery?
- Allowing conversation to unfold about the painting. Turns out E was making something for the knot fairy to keep it from leaving knots in her hair!
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