Title: Vegetable Brushes Summary: Kids experiment with painting with vegetables rather than traditional paintbrushes.
Kid Talents: Arts-n-crafts,Hands-On
Kid Skills:
Physical: small motor,hand-eye coordination Social:
Emotional: self-control,perserverence,patience,acceptance of different ideas Cognitive: imagination,critical thinking,visual language,divergent thinking,creative thinking,creative expression
Objectives: This activity will help children to see that even a vegetable can be used for a tool rather than just something to eat. Materials: Tempera paint (non-toxic) Paper Assorted vegetables: Celery (with the leaves), Kale, Parsley, Romaine lettuce, string beans and broccoli Rubber bands or cable ties (found a household or automotive section of most large stores) Plastic plates or cups to hold paint
Submitter: Carolyn Kletnieks Date created: 2002-01-17 12:23:41
Modifier: Date modified: 2002-01-17 12:23:41
Instructions: Wash vegetables and cut to a manageable length of 4-6 inches. Cut the celery so that the stalk will be the handle and the leaves used for brushing paint. Kale and Romaine lettuce can stripped so that the stalk is a handle and the rest of the leaves are for painting. A small bunch of parsley can be bound with a rubber band or a cable tie (be sure to trim the excess of the cable tie.) String beans can be used individually or gathered in a bunch and bound. Broccoli can be cut into florets that can be held by the hand to paint with. Allow the child to dip the vegetable "brush" into the paint and paint on paper. Different veggies will leave different brush strokes on the paper. This activity allows for exploration.
Alternatives: Flowers may also be used to paint with….this is more expensive than the veggies
Comments: For children under three, edible paints may be preferred as everything goes into the mouth! Also be aware that rubber band s and cable ties may be harmful to small children…. use these items with care.


9.11. 2001
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