Painting with a Q-Tip is nothing new. Preschool teachers have been doing art like this for years.
Q-Tips are great for fine motor skills. They encourage your Lil’ to explore a material in a new way and because they’re shorter than most pens or pencils they encourage your Lil’ to hold the Q-Tip with a tripod grip instead of fisting the writing utensil.
This activity will engage your Lil’s creative side and work on fine motor skills.
Grab a FREE copy of the template in the Required Materials section below.

Lil’ Explorers Focus Skills

Visual Arts

  • Use a variety of visual art materials (paint, markers, crayons, clay) with minimal adult assistance
  • Use visual arts to represent people, places, and things, using spatial awareness to coordinate the features of the representation
  • Explore the use of materials in a variety of different ways
  • Identify basic colors

Fine Motor Skills

  • Coordinating the use of arms, hands, and fingers together to manipulate objects with increasing accuracy
  • Engage in activities that require hand-eye coordination

Lil’ Creators Focus Skills

Visual Arts

  • Use a variety of visual art materials (paint, markers, crayons, clay) with minimal adult assistance
  • Use visual arts to represent people, places, and things, with accuracy and detail
  • Explore the use of materials in a variety of different ways
  • Identify basic colors and understand that you can combine colors to make new colors

Fine Motor

  • Coordinate the use of hands, wrists, and fingers to complete tasks that require more precise movements
  • Engage in activities that require hand-eye coordination with increasing accuracy

Required Materials

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Q-Tip Easter Egg Decorating Template

*Q-Tips

*Washable Paint

Step #1
Print the Q-Tip Easter egg Decorating Template.
Step #2
Invite your Lil’ to paint the egg using Q-Tips instead of a paint brush.
Step #3 (Optional)
Once the paint dries cut out the eggs and glue them to a piece of construction paper.

I am sometimes “that mom” who wants the art to look more like a finished product so I will take her art and mount it to a piece of construction paper to give a finished look.

Teacher Tip

In order to work on colors, ask your Lil’ to tell you what colors they want instead of just giving them a plate of paint.

Rea knows her colors enough that I require her to use her words, but if your Lil’ is not ready for that, allow them to point to 3 colors they want and you verbalize the name of that color.

This is a SUPER simple way to teach colors or review colors in a quick and meaningful way.

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