I’ll admit that sometimes I dread pulling out the paint. I feel like I spend more time cleaning up than my kids actually spend painting. Nonetheless, I value what kids learn from engaging in the arts so I do make sure we paint from time to time. As part of my Christmas activities for kids posts, I’m sharing a Christmas activity we did that involved painting with candy canes and pine cones.
I find it fun to change up an activity by adding a thematic or seasonal element to it. In this case, a regular painting activity became more interesting by using candy canes and pine cones as painting tools.
I prepared this activity by laying out several trays with paint, a pine cone, a scented tree object (sadly, I have no idea what it is called), and a candy cane. (I’m not sure where the candy cane for the green tray went when I took this picture, but it reappeared in time for the activity :-).) I limited the kids to four colors: green, white, red, and black.
QBoy starting by using his candy cane to paint his paper.
XGirl started by using her candy cane to paint her little scented object.
It was fun to watch them discover how each material created a different pattern on the paper. Such a fun way to explore textures!
The kids also enjoyed trying out different colors and even mixing them on their papers.
What Christmas objects would you like to paint with?
More Christmas resources
More Christmas posts from Gift of Curiosity:
- Grow a Christmas tree sponge
- Christmas Montessori activities
- Q-tip painted Christmas tree
- Paper plate reindeer craft
- Christmas sensory bin
- Cinnamon Christmas ornaments
- Candy cane experiment
- Christmas game: What’s in the bag?
- Christmas Printables Pack
- Christmas Bingo
- Christmas do-a-dot printables
- Christmas gingerbread man templates