Mini Monets and Mommies: Painting With Berries

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Painting With Berries

Art activities for kids' with paint don't have to include temperas! We had a few less-than-fresh berries that seemed to have gotten lost in the back of the fridge. Instead of tossing the mushy fruit into the trash, I reused it and turned it into a natural paint.

Kids' Art

This type of art activity is ideal for young children who tens to 'eat' things that they shouldn't. If your child dips her brush into her paint and then decided to taste it, using this recipe (with fresh berries and beets) may put you more at ease.

There are tons of ways to create “paint” from fruits and veggies. You can cook them to create a stain, mush them, blend them and so on. I chose a super-simple way for this activity. Your young artist can use a paintbrush or his fingers for this activity (the berries will stain his fingers temporarily though). If he finger paints with the berries, you’re also adding in a textured sensory layer to the art-making.

What You’ll Need:

·         Berries

·         Beets

·         White paper

·         A paintbrush

·         Spoon

·         Plate

What You’ll Need to Do:

1.      Mash the berries. Put them on the plate (or in a shallow bowl) and have your child smoosh them with the backside of a spoon.

Natural paint
2.      Slice one beet. Do this step yourself, and don’t let your child use the knife.

3.      Give your child a paintbrush (or let him use his fingers) to paint with the berries. He can create a picture of “something” (we made a spring flower) or just go abstract.

Children's paint
4.      Use the beet slices like stampers. Have your child press them down onto the paper. As he presses the juice will release onto the paper below it.

Are you looking for more art activities for kids with paint? Follow my Pinterest board for ideas!

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  1. The art work came out lovely, but those berries wouldn't have lasted very long in my house! Now the beets, well, that's another story... ;)

  2. The rest of the beets are still in the fridge -- uneaten. Thanks Emma @ P is for Preschool

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