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 🙂
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
- 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.😆 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. 😀
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.👍