If you find some slightly soft fruit and vegetables in your cupboard that are past their best why not dig out your paints and make some fun pictures with them.
What you will need
- Poster paints in various colours
- Plastic plates
- Paint brushes
- Paper or card
- Plastic Table Cloth
Fruit and Vegetables
- Mushrooms – Cut in half lengthways or cut the stalk off to reveal the gills
- Broccoli Heads – Keep whole, paint the heads and roll onto the paper or cut lengthways this will resemble a tree
- Broccoli/Cabbage Leaves – paint or dip the leaves
- Sweet corn – keep whole, paint the kernels and roll onto the paper
- Carrots – Cut into chunks for a round print
- Potatoes – Cut in half for a large round print or cut in half then with the flat side down cut off 3 sides to make a triangle or four sides to make a square or a rectangle
- French/Runner Beans – Cut at an angle across the pod to make a leaf shape
- Celery – Cut into chunks, paint the bottoms for crescents or the sides for stripes
- Apples – Cut in half horizontally to reveal the inner star shape
- Starfruit – Cut across to make a perfect star
- Pomegranate – Cut in half horizontally, knock out the seeds to reveal the sections
What you need to do
- Cover your working surface with the plastic table cloth and put on your aprons (it can be very messy).
- Ask an adult to cut and prepare your vegetables as above.
- Put the paints onto separate plates, you may need to add a little water if they are very thick, then spread them out across the base of the plate with a paint brush.
- Dip you fruit/vegetables into the paints or paint them with the brush.
- Stamp, roll or dab your fruit/vegetables onto the paper to create your masterpiece.
- Leave your pictures to dry.
- Give your hands a really good wash!
As well as making pictures why not see if your children can identify the fruit and vegetables and where and how they grow.
When you have finished with your fruit and vegetables give them a rinse and recycle them in the Compost Bin.