Fall Crafts for Kids — Nature Painting

Fall is really the best season for creating themed Montessori-inspired works and crafts.  There is such a variety of materials, and they each provide a different sensorial element.

We’ve been experimenting lately with painting using objects other than paintbrushes, so I decided to bring our fall theme into play to see what we could make.  One naptime, I went out to the backyard and collected different fall nature objects to use for painting.  If I were a better/less-controlling person and my kids were slightly older, I could have let them help me — but I’m not and I really wanted to make sure we had a good variety of textures.

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I taped a long sheet of paper from a craft paper roll to our kitchen island so we would have plenty of space.  I put a bit of paint on some paper plates and spaced them out along the paper.  I set out a few nature objects beside each color — the objects we used included pinecones, acorn caps, tree branches, leaves, and a dried sunflower head (found at our local farmer’s market).

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This was by far the most successful painting project we’ve ever done!  Both girls were engaged and happily working for about half an hour.  L would have continued much longer than that, but the paper was completely full!  Her favorite nature object to use was the acorn caps, which made circles all over the paper.

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N wasn’t quite sure how to paint with the leaves, but she enjoyed painting with the pinecone by banging it on the paper.  Eventually she ended up just painting with her hands.

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When the girls finished, we had a large banner-sized fall painting!  I love how this turned out, and it was a great sensorial experience for both ages.  L wants to hang it up in her room, so she will be able to enjoy it all fall.

 

 

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