This is a fun painting activity that involves getting out and about as well as fun at home. Leaves, feathers, sticks and stones can all be used to make some great prints.
Age: Any Age
Leaves, feathers and anything else that looks interesting of different sizes and shapes.
Bucket or bag
Take a walk outside and bring a small bag or bucket for collecting your finds.
Look for leaves, sticks and anything else interesting you might want to paint with. You can talk about colours and textures. This is a great activity in itself and it's always good to get some fresh air and exercise on a sunny day.
When you get home, lay out all your treasures.
A selection of different leaves and a feather
Put some paint in different pots.
Paint the back of leaves as the veins are more defined and look great when stamped on paper.
Use a paintbrush to apply paint all over the back of the leaf
Press painted leaves onto paper and peel off
Even a feather is fun to use as an alternative to a paintbrush, making a swish over the paper.
A feather makes an unusual alternative to a paintbrush