Hopefully the leaves are changing colors where you live. We have been so inspired by the changing leaves that we made a Fall Fingerprint Tree. No matter where you live, your child can make their own Q-Tip Fall Tree ablaze with the colors of the season with this fun Fall activity. Be sure to also check out our Fall Tree Window Painting.
Why this q-tip fall tree painting is great for kids
- This fun painting activity doubles as a fine motor exercise
- Perfect for a school classroom or home use
- Makes a lovely fall or thanksgiving decoration
How to make this fall tree craft
My kids were excited to try out this new art technique.
Draw a tree on brown construction paper. Drawing is not my strength so I enlisted my husband to draw the tree. My husband did a great job don't you think?
Cut out the tree and glue it to some white construction paper. Fill some cups with small amounts of paint. We used orange, brown, red and yellow paint. Place a q tip in each cup.
Have the kids use the q tips dipped in paint to make leaves on their tree branch.
B used specific colors for each branch of the tree. It's so interesting to see the process kids use as they paint the tree. Here she adds some red leaves.
An unexpected benefit of working with cotton swabs over a traditional paint brush is that it forces kids to use a more traditional grip. When my daughter writes she holds a crayon between her fist, so it was great to see her strengthening her fine motor skills.
Once the apple tree is done, kids can paint leaves near the bottom of the paper. My daughter told me these were fallen leaves.
It's very easy to create this vibrant autumn tree filled with all the beautiful colors of the season. When your kids are done they can use the remainder of the paint and q tips on some white paper for more fall activities.
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Frequently asked questions
We used 4 colors which gave the kids a nice choice, without being overwhelming.