This is a really great activity to help children to explore and interact with God's creation and it can be used with any age, including under 3s!
You will need: Paint, paper, natural objects e.g. flowers, leaves, pine cones, sticks, stones, shells
Get the children to feel the textures of the natural objects and talk about the patterns you can see. Discuss how intricate nature can be and how much thought must have gone into creation.
Use the natural items to paint a picture with- look at the different shapes and patterns you can make with them. Give the children the freedom to explore and keep chatting as they create! It's amazing the kind of observations they make and what they choose to do with the objects.
When you have finished, display all the paintings and thank God for the things He has made and especially for each child's favourite painting object!