Rock painting is just the beginning when it comes to choosing natural materials for your summer painting fun. Nuts, sticks – you name it – are all inspiration for some awesomely-creative summer crafts for kids!
First, grab the youngins’ and go on a scavenger hunt for items that can be transformed with a few coats of paint. But before you start the hunt, decide on some inspiration. For example, look for items that sorta-kinda-maybe look like fruit, or insects or tiny monsters! You might want to put a size limit on the finds too. I’d say nothing larger than a baseball is a good requirement for your rock painting (and everything-painting!) adventures.
OK, so you and the kiddos have a pre-crafting plan in place! Once you find a few items, it’s time to gather your craft supplies. You only need a few things:
- brushesyour awesome scavenger finds
- and all your creative juices!
Bonus materials: If you’re really feeling crafty, gather up some googly eyes, pipe cleaners and glue. You’ll be amazed at the works of art you and the kids will come up with.
Lost for ideas? I’ve got a few for rock painting and other natural materials to kickstart your imagination.
- Pecans: Lemons, Mangos, Pears or Avocados
- Walnuts: Strawberries, Blackberries
- Brazil Nuts: Watermelon or Lemon Wedges
- Hazel: Grapes (Glue several to a pipe cleaner), Blueberries, Raspberries
- Rocks: Bugs, monsters, fruits, frogs
- Acorns: Strawberries (paint the caps green and the nuts red), little people
- Sticks: Snakes
- Pine cones: Trees, owls, spiders
This project can be a little messy, but remember – summer is almost over. So get messy!
Are you looking for other summer craft projects for the kids? Here are some ideas that’ll get those brains jumpin’!
+ You know I’m a sucker for an upcycled bird feeder. So here’s one that uses a frisbee! Yes, I said, a FRISBEE!
+ Got a pile of dried beans you need to work into a clever craft? Look no further! This mosaic will knock your socks off.
+ And finally, if you absolutely have to do something “back to school”, this binder idea is pretty SWEET. And it’s a video tutorial!