Thursday, April 14, 2011

Tree Painting

Today we used tree branches as paint brushes!
All week we have been learning about Trees in Spring.
Miss Sassy has been noticing all of the changes with the coming of Spring.
So we decided to pick branches off the trees and paint with them.

Here is our setup:

A picture I had from my files, brown, green and yellow finger paint, and branches from a bush, apple and plum trees.

Before we even started we talked about how the
 trees change in the Spring.
We looked closely at the branches and noticed the little buds and blossoms.

We talked about the parts of a tree and what colors they are.
Then I let her go to town and paint with the tree branches.
If she doesn't have a napkin close by, she wipes the paint on her shirt.

I think her favorite part was dabbing on the yellow.

Not perfect, but a fun tree!

I was featured on Quirky Momma!!
It was my first feature, so I am EXCITED!


  1. I love to see children using objects other then paint brushes to paint with. And I love, love, love, seeing the nature element used creatively. It opens the door to so many questions and conversations that lead to learning. Thank you for sharing on It's Playtime!

    Rachele @ Messy Kids

  2. What a great idea!!!! Would be an awesome activity in the fall too when the leaves are changing colors!
    ~Jada Roo Can Do

  3. Wow, what a brilliant idea, looks great fun! Great for exploring textures too :)

  4. That is brilliant! I love the bright colors, perfect spring craft idea. Found you through It's Playtime.

  5. Thanks everyone for your sweet comments! Andrea, I can't wait to do things with leaves in the fall! Catherine, I totally should have talked to her more about textures. I should have let the baby touch the twigs too.

  6. This is so clever! A must to try with my girls once we get leaves back on our trees.
    Thanks for sharing.

  7. I stumbled across your blog through Sun Scholar. What a fun idea! I will definitely be adding this to our crafting 'To Do' list!

  8. What a beautiful tree! Did you read a book about trees too?

  9. I love the idea of using branches (and other natural materials) as brushes :)

  10. Thats a beautiful tree! Love the use of branches... we have used pine needles(leaves):)

  11. So beautiful!!! What a fun project.

    Thanks so much for sharing this at For the Kids Friday! I'll be posting the next party tomorrow night. I'd love to have you back for another week of fun!

    :)rachel at

  12. I featured you in this week's It's Playtime weekly round-up - Thanks for participating!

  13. We've painted with a lot of different things but haven't tried greenery yet. Your tree turned out lovely!

  14. I love the texture that this painting has. Wonderful idea!

    Thanks for linking to Read.Explore.Learn. Congrats on your feature!

  15. What a great idea! I think it turned out great and it looks like it was fun to do too!

  16. What a beautiful tree! Really frameworthy and all the more beautiful that it was created with natural materials!


Thanks for your great comments!