Posted in Fine Motor Activity, Learning Alphabets, Painting & Coloring Activity

Q-Tip Painting for Kids

Painting with Q-tips or cotton swabs is an easy to set up, one of a kind art activity for kids. It develops fine motor skills – a fun way to work on their pencil grip. Its perfect for toddlers, preschoolers and up ๐Ÿ™‚

What you need

  • Liquid watercolors ( we always use the washable colors because its easy to clean up)
  • Q-tips or cotton swabs
  • Paint tray to hold paints – you could also use Ice cube tray, Muffin tray or plastic cups
  • Paper

How to

  • Fill the paint tray with different color paints. You can use any tray which is easy for kids to use. We used muffin tray.
  • Provide one q-tip for each color, so that the color doesn’t mix.
  • Invite your kids to paint. Let them explore.

Miss A(3 yrs) & Miss D(23 months) loved this activity. They simply love anything to do with paint and we enjoy exploring new mediums to paint with. Miss D enjoyed making colorful lines for a while and then she started painting her hands.๐Ÿ˜† Miss A was making dots and lines illustrating a story. It was like a story board for her. She used the q-tip like a pen. She did make a flower with dots and just scribbled the rest as she narrated a jungle story. ๐Ÿ˜€

Q-tip painting is great way to learn alphabets. Write down the alphabets on a paper. Kids can make dots on them or just trace on them using q-tips and watercolors. Miss A did few alphabets (A-D) but she was more interested in just painting with them. We might use some q-tip painting alphabet printables next time.๐Ÿ‘



Hi!! Im Lavanya, stay at home mom of 3 & 2 yr old girls.. My LOs are very active and they need various activities to keep them busy and interested. A monotonous play bores them easily.. Hence, I've started to explore & create activities to keep them occupied - fun & some learning.. This blog is my maiden attempt where you can find simple crafts and learning activities for kids. If you like my page share it with your friends. Also tell me what you think in the comments. ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks for stopping by!!

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