Let’s Get Creative…with Pinecones

Creativity,” says Ken Robinson, “is as important in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status.”

SIMPLE NATURE ART – Painting Pinceones with Marghanita

Head outdoors and hunt for pinecones…

Pinecones come in all shapes and sizes and can be found anywhere where pine trees are present.

Spiky and smooth. Have you ever looked closely at the way a pinecone has been put together?

We use both in our nature art classes but for really small hands the smooth cones are easier to paint and will not spike little fingers.

For toddlers using their fingers to paint the cones can be a really wonderful sensory experience. Pour paint into a recycled tray or straight onto the childs hands.

Why not try painting with the cone. Dip the cone into the paint and use the cone like a stamp.

Older children can handle the larger spiky cones better, managing to avoid the prickly tips.

Once painted hang up to dry. We hang our cones on the large fairy houses dotted around the garden.

Happy Pinecone Painting.

Creativity flourishes in a natural environment. 

I am a huge fan of Ken Robinson and would recommend everyone to read his fascinating books ” Out Of Our Minds” learning to be creative (New Edition) and “The Element”. Both books address the importance of creativity and offer an approach to understanding creativity in education and in business.

Sir Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution! Watch the video…

“The Element” Ken Robinson¬† Watch the video…

Tap into your child’s creative intelligence…take them out in nature and let their imaginations run wild.

“Every day should be filled with art and laughter.” – Marghanita Hughes