This weeks Tuesday Toddler craft is a Q-Tip Tree! I thought that this was fitting since it’s Fall and all. W2 enjoyed painting this tree, both because it was fun and also because he didn’t get his hands too messy. He doesn’t like his getting his hands dirty, he’s always been that way.
I enjoyed this craft because it was cheap, I already had everything that I needed on hand, and it was super easy! It was fun watching him choose where he wanted to “dot” the Q-Tip next and then watch his little mind work as he decided to “pull” the Q-tip down the paper and watch the line form. Holding the Q-Tip is great for their fine motor development.
Here’s what you will need:
1 Piece of Construction Paper SunWorks Smart-Stack Construction Paper, 9″ x 12″, 11 Colors, 300 Count (6525)
1 Brown Marker
Acrylic Paint – Tan, Red, Orange, Yellow (or any other fall colors that you have) Plaid PROMOABII Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint, 2-Ounce, Best Selling Colors II
Egg Carton or something that will hold the paint and your toddler can easily dip the Q-Tip into
- Color the tree trunk on the construction paper with the brown marker.
- Place each color paint into its own spot in the egg carton
- Place 1 Q-Tip into each color paint
- Show your little one how to take the Q-Tip and “dot” the paper with the paint
- Sit back and watch as you see their little minds go to work
I like to just stand there and let him do his thing. I will hold onto the paper for him sometimes because he still has a hard time remembering to do that. Sometimes it’s difficult for me to sit there and watch him do things differently than I imagined, but I know that in the end it is his artwork and he can only be proud of himself if it’s sometimes that he truly did ON HIS OWN.
I know that he would love to see your little one’s artwork in the comments! (I promise that I’ll show him)