When looking for nature inspired activities online, a favourite that always seems to pop up is nature paint brushes. This week for Nature Makes Mondays, I've adapted this idea slightly to make it more suitable for a wide age range of children.
These chunky handled nature stampers are perfect for little hands to hold and are more easy to control than long brushes. Also, the act of stamping rather than painting results in a totally different effect.
To make these lovely stampers, we found three different items in our garden that could act as the stamps themselves. Anything fat, round or bushy will work well. Cut any stems short and then use tape to attach the flowers, leaves or seed heads to their handles. We used short pieces of bamboo but thick wooden dowel or corks would also work.
Dip your stampers into thick paint and stamp away!
Use strongly scented plants and flowers such as rose buds, lavender and rosemary sprigs for an extra sensory experience!
Although this lovely process didn't occupy Ava for a huge amount of time, it is certainly one we will come back to. It was quick and simple to set up and the stampers produced a range of interesting marks on the paper. I think this is one that older children would enjoy just as much as the littles.
PLEASE BE CAREFUL WHEN PICKING AND HANDLING UNKNOWN NATURAL MATERIALS. SUPERVISE CHILDREN TO ENSURE NOTHING IS EATEN AND WASH YOUR HANDS WHEN YOU ARE FINISHED.
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