Q-Tip Fall Tree for Preschoolers

Celebrate fall with this fun and easy Q-tip painted tree. Q-tip painting is great for letting young children creatively express themselves while also mixing colors and strengthening fine motor skills.

This q-tip fall tree is the perfect craft to work on fine-motor skills with your preschoolers!

Materials Needed for the Q-Tip Fall Tree

Tree trunk printable

Newspapers 

Art Smock

Red and Yellow Paint

Paper Plate

Q-tips

This q-tip fall tree is the perfect craft to work on fine-motor skills with your preschoolers!

 

Directions to make the Q-tip Fall Tree

1. Print the tree trunk printable on white paper. 

2. Prepare for a little mess.  Cover your work area with newspaper to catch spills.  Put an art smock or old shirt on your child. 

3. Pour a small amount of red, yellow, and red & yellow paint onto the paper plate.

4. Set out 3 or more q-tips for your child to print leaves.

Teacher tip: We use the I do, We do, You do model for many projects, this one included. I show my child how to fill the q-tip with paint and stamp on the branch.  Then, I hold his hand and we fill the q-tip with paint together for practice. This gives the youngest learners the chance to feel the rhythm of stamping the leaves. Finally, he does it on his own.

This q-tip fall tree is the perfect craft to work on fine-motor skills with your preschoolers!

Additional Educational Activity Extensions:

1:1 Correspondence.  This is an early learning math concept for toddler and preschoolers.  You can encourage this by asking your child to stamp one leaf on the end of each branch. One leaf for each branch, 1:1.

This q-tip fall tree is the perfect craft to work on fine-motor skills with your preschoolers!

 

Vocabulary Development. Talk about the changes in trees while your child paints.  Explain that the lack of Chlorophyll in the leaves shows the other colors: red, yellow, and orange.

Color Mixing:  Talk about the colors in the color wheel.  Encourage them to predict what color yellow and orange will be prior to mixing them. 

More Fall Activities by Amanda:

Pumpkin Baby Time

Fall STEM Challenge for Kids: Leaves

Storybook Pumpkins

DIY Fall Color Word Book

Download the Tree Template here.

Planning for Fall? We’ve done all the work for you!

We now have interactive thematic lesson plans for toddlers (18-35 months) AND preschoolers (3-5 years)! Get ready for fun and learning with unit lesson plans for FALL. Explore a variety of themed hands-on activities! Easy to follow lesson plans include activity modifications and adaptations to meet the needs of all learners. For more information, click on the graphics below:

Fall Preschool Lesson Plans
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Amanda is a National Board Certified teacher with oodles of experience in early childhood education.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in Reading for grades K-12. You will often find her in her backyard exploring nature with her kids or doing a hands-on science project at the kitchen table. She loves to walk her dog and snuggling up with a good book when she isn’t elbow deep in baking blueberry muffins in the kitchen. She shares educational activities for children ages 0-7 at The Educators’ Spin On It

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