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Invitation to Paint with Nature

Go on a nature walk and collect as many natural materials as possible (leaves, sticks, flowers, moss, etc.). Place the materials on butcher paper, provide any kind of tempera paint, and let your child explore through painting. They can paint on the natural materials with their fingers, a paint brush, or they can even use the materials as their painting tools.

When children are given the opportunity to paint using different objects, it allows them to add texture to their art in a creative and open-ended way. Painting allows children to express their creativity and have fun. Developing a skill like painting provides the stimulus children need to be successful in all aspects of life. Painting is a great way to build up their fine motor control and muscles. As they hold the different natural materials they are required to move their hand, wrist and arm to create an image on paper. They are also working on their eye and hand coordination, color mixing, color identification and visual planning skills.

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