Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Messy Play: Paint & Pinecones

As you know we're big fans of nature walks, & messy play in our house, so this was a perfect activity to explore.


We've enjoyed many woodland walks recently & always seem to come back with more items than we initially set out with!;-) Minnie loves taking a bag with her to collect all her finds, & on a recent walk she & a friend collected an impressive stash of pinecones! But what to do with them all?


You can probably guess that Minnie was keen to paint them! With a selection of paints & glitter & she eagerly got creating...


Minnie started painting with brushes...


...but it wasn't long before she was exploring the paint with her hands! :) I guessed hand-painting would be popular with all those textures to explore!


Soon she was experimenting by dropping a few pinecones into small recycled plastic tubs with a layer of paint at the bottom & rolling them around with a paintbrush. This covered the pinecones well, but Minnie was keen to get her hands painted again! If you have children who are not quite so keen to get as messy as Minnie, this method is a great alternative.



While the paint was still wet Minnie added plenty of glitter, & then we left her sparkly jewel coloured creations to dry overnight.


Once they were dry we added the pinecones to a nearby vase.


Minnie then independently collected a glass tealight holder from another room & placed it in the top of the vase! Genius! What a great tabletop decoration. This girl's got style! ;-)


After painting our pinecones we also discovered something rather magical. The green ones looked like mini fir trees! Check out the fun we had with them in this post.




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