This Autumn tree cotton ball painting craft is a great way to work on fine motor skills, artistic expression, and celebrate the Fall season with just a few simple materials.
Have you ever used cotton balls to paint? They make for some interesting stamps, and each one is unique. You can pull at them and fluff them up a bit to make different textures, too.
I’ve always used clothespins to create something for my kids to hold onto so they don’t get too messy. It also just makes it easier for their little hands to grasp.
WHILE YOU’RE PLANNING YOUR AUTUMN THEME:
- Check out my Autumn Unit here. (Use code AUTUMN25 for 25% off) If you join my Preschool Program Membership, you’ll get a major discount on all past Unit Studies, and 2 brand new units included each month!
- Here are 25 Autumn Activities for your Preschooler’s Autumn theme!
- Here’s a list of Autumn Books for your Autumn Unit Study.
- Here are 25 Autumn Crafts for your Preschooler
- Here’s a list of 16 Fun & Delicious Autumn-Themed Snacks for your Kids
- Here are some fun Autumn Facts for Kids
- The Leaves of the Trees Autumn Song for Preschoolers
Autumn Activities & Crafts We’ve Done at the Moore Homestead:
- Laminated Leaves Craft for Kids
- Fall Leaves Painted Toast
- Fall Sensory Bin for Preschoolers
- Fall Paper Plate Wreath Craft
- Fall Button Tree Invitation to Play
- Painted Leaf Imprint Art
- Leaf Faces Craft for Kids
- Salt Crystal Leaves Science Experiment for Preschoolers
- Leaf Cutting Bin for Preschoolers
- Fizzing Pumpkins Activity for Preschoolers
- Fall Leaf Suncatchers Craft
- Sensory Fall Leaf Painting for Toddlers
- Fall Process Art
- Fingerprint Fall Leaf Craft (with FREE printable)
- Fall Leaf Lacing Activity (with FREE printable)
For tips on planning your homeschool preschool year, including curriculum recommendations, check out this article.
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Autumn Tree Cotton Ball Painting Craft
Start by drawing a tree trunk on a white sheet of paper using a brown marker. Then, provide your child with orange, yellow, and red paint along with their cotton ball clothespin combo. Allow them to dab the leaves onto the tree! Done!
Now, my son wasn’t interested in this craft. Trust me, it’s a good craft, but he’s a human. We’re fickle! I don’t pressure him into activities or crafts, because it goes against everything I believe in, and it creates unnecessary stress for the both of us. I made my own tree for photographs, and he created his very own version!
He used mine for inspiration for his own tree, and he dabbed the cotton balls and paint onto his page. His just had way more flair!
Then, he switched to using his fingers for the leaves! It actually inspired a worksheet found in my Autumn unit.
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