This is an easy painting activity that uses harvest produce that is available in the fall. I give each child a corn cob with the stalk attached and let them create. Some children will hold the stalk and paint with the cob and some will hold the cob and use the stalk to create bolder strokes. Of course they can roll it to create a pebbly texture.
After the painting activity is done, you can wash the corn and use it in a fall/thanksgiving display.
For painting with the stalks, it is a good idea to tape a large piece of paper on the wall to encourage big sweeping strokes.