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  • DIY Nature Paint Brushes for Kids and their use

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    1.1 DIY Nature Paint Brushes for Kids and their use

    Creating your own nature brush is easy, fun and free! The children come into nature and have great fun collecting natural materials. You get to know different materials as well as looks, smells, plant species - and, for example, Pine needles make fantastic brushes!Brushes can be made from a variety of different materials, many of which are likely to be in your own garden. Others can be collected in the forest together with the children. For the bristles we use materials from evergreen trees as well as seasonally adapted findable plants (for example herbs).


    several branches

    String or a piece of bast

    Material for bristles (pine needles, spruce needles, cypresses, herbs or even buds etc.)

    How do you make your own nature brush?

    Here is an example of how we make the brush using the example of the white fir tree.

    1) We collect needles, twigs and leaves of trees / plants of our choice - for bristles. We use: twigs / needles of the white fir (fig. 7), twigs / needles of the koreatanne (fig. 6), branches / needles of the pine (fig. 4), branches of the lavender (fig. 3), twigs of the Tree of life (Fig. 5), twigs / needles of common spruce (Fig. 2). For the brush handles we use collected sticks (here: hazelnut branches) (fig. 8).

    2) Now we distribute the bristle material well around the rod and start to fix it by wrapping raffia (or twine) around it.

    Young children need help with this activity. Here it makes sense to help the children with wrapping, since the needles such. spruce or spruce trees or cause allergic reactions.

    3) We wrap the bast (or string) several times around the handle and bristle material, then tie it tight and cut off the excess cords.

    4) Done is our own brush!

    The kids love to make their own brushes and love to make their own brush so quickly and easily. They like to feel, see and smell the different materials.You will get to know similarities and differences of the different materials. Some have soft (e.g., white fir), other hard / firm (e.g., koreatanne) and pointed needles (e.g., common spruce). The smell is different for everyone. Some things hardly smell (for example, koreatanne), while others smell very strong (for example, tree of life or lavender).There are similarities as well as differences in appearance. Four of the six brushes have the common feature that they have needles, yet they look different in terms of color and structure. Every nature brush is so unique!

    This is also the case with the use of natural brushes. Each brush creates a different pattern in the image. The more different brushes, the more diverse the process. The children discover the handling of the various nature brushes, a variety of different brushstrokes and learn so playfully about textures.


    nature brushes

    a white A4 or A3 sheet or a canvas


    Cardboard or plate


    1) With the apron we protect our clothes from stains.

    2) All materials are ready and we can get started.

    3) Painting can begin.A fun activity that encourages children to use their imagination and explore textures. Creativity in the game!

    Bristle materials that last longer (pine needles will not fall off soon!) Can be stored for the next time by rinsing / cleaning them like regular brushes! By cleaning the brushes and dispensing the fragrances, the children once again train their visual, tactile and olfactory perception.

    Get down to business now and make your own textured brushes, it's fun!

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