{Play} Painting With Winter Leaves & Needles

December 12, 2011 in All Posts, Play, Toddler Activities


A few weeks back – before it turned really cold (well really cold to a Californian) – we gathered some pine needles and other winter leaves for a painting experiment.

At first, Jane wasn’t quite sure what to do when I put out the paint and leaf collection, but she quickly realized she could use any number of different techniques until she achieved results she was happy with.

Painting with long, broad leaves

First, she pressed.

Then, she dragged.

Painting with needles

Initially, Jane tried using the needles like an ordinary paintbrush, but figured out that flicking her wrist to get paint flecks with the tips was much more fun.

Painting with little balls

I wish I knew what these were called.  Maybe they’re daisies?

A few weeks ago, they looked like the picture above, but yesterday, they had turned to this:


My favorite is the inadvertent heart made with the heart of the mystery flower:

LEARN!  Material manipulation; fine motor skills; observation; investigation

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