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.
Tools you’ll need
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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.
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.
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.
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Once your child’s creativity is sparked with this fun activity, take it a step further with these engaging resources:
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Fall Mixed Up (Carolrhoda Picture Books)LeavesLeif and the FallA Tree for All Seasons (Rise and Shine)Pete the Cat Falling for AutumnGoodbye Summer, Hello AutumnThe Leaf Thief: (The Perfect Fall Book for Children and Toddlers)Hello, Fall!: A Picture BookThere Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves!Leaf Man
Download the Tree Template here.
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.