This year we’re taking part in #30DaysWild – a challenge from the Wildlife Trusts to get outside each day in June, do something wild and connect with nature. I love getting out and about with the girls. This is a perfect way to encourage us to spend even more time out of doors. I wonder what new discoveries we will make; what new things we’ll try along the way?
We’ve kicked off the month with a little outdoor painting using some natural brushes. Jessica has been quite keen to do some painting during the half-term break. It seemed a shame not to make the most of the beautiful weather though. I set up the easel outside for the girls, gave them some paints and encouraged them to find some natural “brushes” to paint with.
We found a few twigs, some ribwort plantain and some stones to get creative with. Both the girls had fun trying out the different “brushes.” They found the ribwort plantain was a bit too bendy to make a good paintbrush. The sticks were their preferred choice. Jessica also enjoyed using stones to stamp paint on her picture. It wasn’t too long before the girls discarded the natural brushes in favour of finger painting though!
Jessica tried to add some grass to her picture but it didn’t stick to the paint very well. Next time I think I shall mix the paint with a little glue to make it easier for the girls to add some natural embellishments.
The finished paintings were quite abstract ones but the girls enjoyed creating them. It’s lovely to be able to take our craft time outdoors and enjoy the sunshine. Cleaning up always seems easier outdoors too. I can bring a bowl of water out for the girls to wash their hands in – and then they have the fun of a little water play too! Win, win!