The big pine tree on my street is dropping pinecones all over. What a great opportunity for a Fall art activity!
Art activities for young children need not be complex. Simply adding a new material to art time keeps projects interesting and offers new learning opportunities.
So, how exactly are kids benefiting by painting pinecones? During this activity kids are:
- Developing finger muscles in preparation for writing.
- Exploring colors.
- Being creative.
- Learning about their natural world.
- Exercising their senses.
- Having fun!
Here’s what this project looked like for us.
I started by inviting my daycare kids to the table and handing out pinecones. They were immediately excited by the novelty of the idea. They turned the pinecones over in their hands and chatted with each other while I passed out some tempura paint and paintbrushes.
Before long the paint covered not only the pinecones, but also the paper and the table. Colors were mixed into new shades. All the while the youngest boy chatted on about “my pinecone.” Eventually, even the paper towels meant for clean up became part of the project!
Once everyone was finished I laid the pinecones on a cookie sheet to dry. The kids were excited to take their creations home to share with their families.
I’d love to hear how this project goes for you!