Farm Activities: DIY Straw Paintbrushes

This week at school we have a special field trip planned- we’re going to a real working farm! Naturally I wanted to plan explorations in the classroom that would tie in with the excitement of our farm visit, and I thought I’d show you one of the most simple ones today- painting with “straw” brushes at the easel. Seriously, this couldn’t be much easier to put together- my parent helper and I literally made the brushes on the spot.

DIY Straw Paintbrushes at Twodaloo

To make your own “straw” paintbrushes, you’ll need to gather some raffia (hence the parentheses around “straw”), pipe cleaners, and a pair of scissors. Cut off a chunk of raffia twice as long as you want your brush to be.  I used raffia because it is readily available at craft stores and more flexible than actual straw or hay.

DIY Straw Paintbrushes at Twodaloo

Bend your raffia in half and pinch. Ignore the painty hands of a deranged preschool teacher.

DIY Straw Paintbrushes at Twodaloo

Twist a pipe cleaner around the middle of your bunch.

DIY Straw Paintbrushes at Twodaloo

Now, trim the ends of your pipe cleaner and your brush if you desire.

DIY Straw Paintbrushes at Twodaloo

And there you go! A “straw” paint brush ready for action at the easel.

DIY Straw Paintbrushes at Twodaloo

If you are looking for more farm-themed activities, here are the others in our collection:

Farm Activities for Toddlers

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