Painting with natural paints is a messy but fun activity for autumn. It offers children the opportunity to get creative whilst learning about the seasons and natural world. Our natural painting activity is best done outdoors!

messy play autumn

Our helper experimented with blackberry paint which is easily made using freshly picked blackberries. Shop bought or frozen blackberries will also work just as well.

messy play - blackberries

The blackberries were placed in a pestle and mortar with paper and a paintbrush near by. Our helper needed no explanation or guidance, she immediately crushed the blackberries using the pestle and mortar.


She also couldn’t resist having a taste of the paint.

natural painting

Although the paint was a little lumpy, it worked fine giving a beautiful rich purple colour when painted onto paper.

blackberry paint

As the paint started to dry, it showed different shades of purple.

leaf painting

We tried painting onto leaves before pressing them onto paper and mixing the blackberry paint with mud to create a really rich black coloured paint (although needed to make sure that children didn’t taste this muddy mixture).

messy play - blackberry paint


Blackberry painting was a really enjoyable activity. Our helper was disappointed when the paint ran out but decided to turn the mortar (bowl) upside down and tap it to empty out the last bit of paint.

Egg and chalk tempura on

Natural water colour paint from fresh flowers on

Homemade edible paints using spinach, carrots, sweet potato, blueberries and beetroot on

Have you tried making natural paints? what are your favourite colours?

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