When it comes to fall, all those colorful leaves make it the perfect time for crafts and activities using leaves.
After all, with all the reds and golden yellows decorating the trees, who could resist trying their hand at capturing that beauty in art?
If you are looking for something bright and colorful (and fairly mess-free), this simple Q Tip painting fall tree craft is perfect for young kids.
As one of the requirements for the Welcome to the Daisy Flower Garden badge in our Girl Scout Daisy troop, we decided to make some pretty fall decorations for a local nursing home.
This fall tree craft was fun for the girls to make, and fairly mess-free. (Which, as a leader, I loved.) As a bonus, painting with Q Tips is a fun way to work on fine motor skills, making this Q Tip fall tree perfect for preschoolers and kindergartners.
Q Tip Fall Tree Painting
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- White paper (thicker paper works better for paint)
- Washable Acrylic paints in fall colors (We used yellow, orange, red, brown and green.)
- Brown crayons
- Empty egg carton or paper plate to use as paint pallette
Start with your brown crayon. Draw a tree trunk and branches in the center of your paper.
You could also use marker for this, but if it is washable marker the paint may make the marker smear.
Pour a small bit of red, yellow, orange, brown, and green paint into the sectioned portions of an egg carton.
Use the Q-Tips to dab small amounts of paint onto the trees, creating brightly colored fall leaves.
You can add leaves to the ground below the tree, too.
(Unfortunately, school cafeterias do NOT have good lighting for pictures.)
As you can see, the fall tree paintings turned out beautifully! And I love that some of the girls chose to draw squirrels in their trees as well.
I know this Q Tip painting fall tree craft will brighten up the walls of the nursing home that our Girl Scout troop gave them to.
We can’t wait to try some other painting with Q Tip ideas in the future!
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