This is a wonderful activity which my friend Sarah showed me. Sarah used to be a primary school teacher but now holds wonderful child activity groups. She is very inspirational and fantastic at creating fun outdoor crafts. Check her page out here -> Little Roo’s


Nature is full of beautiful colours from the orange warm glow of the early morning sunshine to the deep greens of an oak tree leaf. Wherever you look you will see wonderful colours.

Nature provides a great classroom, especially for early years. Teaching colours in a room is boring and uninspiring. But take a child outside with a paint pallet and get them to match up colours, they will know their browns from blacks and reds from oranges in no time.


You don’t even have to go far to do this activity. Go for a walk down your road or pop into the garden and take a paint pallet with you.

They are very simple to make.


Cardboard (Empty cereal box)

Paints (As many different colours as you have)




Cut out a shape of an artists paint pallet using the scissors and cardboard.

Paint a blob of each colour onto the pallet and leave to dry.

Take outside and match colours.

12 thoughts on “Nature’s Paint Pallet

  1. Aww, this is such a lovely idea! So simple, too! thanks for sharing. #ChasingNature

  2. What a lovely hands-on way to explore colours in nature. We often try to spot something for every colour of the rainbow when we’re out and about, it always gets the kids fired up and running around! #ChasingNature

  3. This is such a lovely idea. One that I’ll be stashing away till my son gets a bit older. I think it’s great for kids to get outside! Thanks for linking up to #familyfun

  4. Wow what a simple yet brilliant idea. We are learning colours at the moment and this is a really inspired way to do it, thank you for sharing at #FamilyFun xx

  5. Great idea! Really simple, but so much fun. I’m feeling pretty inspired after reading your post and might try to give it a go with the little one during half term 🙂 Thanks for sharing this on #MarvMondays

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