This fun blackberry painting activity for early years and reception children can be a bit messy but it is lots of fun, especially when done outdoors in the autumn.
It is super simple to set up. Some blackberries crushed using a pestle and mortar make a beautifully rich natural and edible purple paint.
The blackberries can be freshly picked, frozen or even bought in a local super market. Children love collecting them, just make sure they don’t all get eaten on the way home!
Our helper couldn’t help having a little taste of the delicious blackberry paint.
The paint can be painted onto paper using a paintbrush. It also makes great finger paint.
We loved the different shades of purple that showed on the paper as the paint began to dry.
Leaves can also be covered in blackberry paint and then used to print onto paper. Mixing mud into the paint makes a really rich black paint, although it is no longer tastable!
The blackberry paint was a big it with our helper who turned the whole pot upside down to make sure that she had used every last bit of the paint.
If you would like to try out some other natural paints, there are some great ideas in the links below.
Egg and chalk tempura on kidsactivitiesblog.com
Natural water colour paint from fresh flowers on learnplayimagine.com
Homemade edible paints using spinach, carrots, sweet potato, blueberries and beetroot on funathomewithkids.com
Have you tried making natural paints? what are your favourite colours?
For more ideas visit our autumn pages or follow us on Pinterest.