Need an activity that takes some time… You need Christmas Q-Tip Painting for Kids.
I’m telling you: if you have a preschooler or older and a solid chunk of time to kill – friend, this is YOUR activity. Christmas Q-Tip Painting takes time, patience, and mostly time (you get what I’m saying, right?).
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Of course, the fancy name for this is Pointillism
And it’s so fun for kids to learn about this unique art technique.
Start by explaining pointillism to your child so they have a frame of reference and some buzz about what this technique looks like and how it comes together.
The first time my daughter (5) and I did a pointillism art activity, we sat and looked at pictures on line painted in this technique.
She was fascinated by this and it turned into one of the best summer activities we did.
So we decided to try a Christmas Q-Tip Painting activity…
It was just as great as it was this summer!
I drew a bunch of Christmas-themed pictures for my daughter to paint using the “pointillism” technique and it was magical.
How to set up a Q-Tip Painting project:
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- White butcher paper (I can’t tell you how much I recommend owning a roll)
- Washable tempera paint
- Q-tips (You can also use the eraser on a pencil)
- Painter’s tape
- Sharpie marker
Roll out the butcher paper and draw some holiday-inspired pictures.
Remember to keep it simple so your child has a good blank slate to paint inside of. Also remember that kids think we are amazing artists, no matter what we draw.
Show your child how to use their Q–tip
Teach your child how to gently dip the Q-tip into the paint and then use it to make dots all over the inside of the pictures you drew.
Encourage them to add many many dots, but not to use the Q-tip as a brush or drag the paint in any way.
The goal is many, many, many dots.
As she painted, she asked for more…
She needed more things to paint so we kept adding. Eventually, we ended up with:
- Christmas tree
- Candy Cane
- Gingerbread person
Just like last time, Q-Tip art was a hit!
An absolutely perfect art activity for Christmastime.