These natural materials were used to make brushes. The girls gathered the feathers and leaves by the stem and used masking tape to secure them to the stick.
We put strawberries in a strainer and mashed them with our fists to extract strawberry juice. A bowl beneath the strainer collected all the pink liquid from the strawberries.
Beets and stems were placed in a bowl with hot water to create a pink natural dye.
Earth mixed with hot water create brown dye.
Beets create a strong pink color very quickly.
We used lots of big and little clear glass bowls. All the children had fun making their own set of dyes. The large bowl furthest away is tea in hot water. The large mixing bowl a little closer to us to the left are onion skins in hot water. The large mixing bowl to he right is pink strawberry dye. The two small bowls closest to us are beets (L) and earth (R).
Although the dyes were very weak the children had fun using them with their home made paint brushes. We later switched to conventional brushes to see if there was a difference. The children liked using both brushes.