Building fine motor skills with cotton ball painting

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on September 24, 2013

in Cotton Ball Painting with a Clothespin, Creative Art, motor skills

Cotton Ball Painting

Today we talked a little bit about the letter Cc in our morning circle so to celebrate our letter Cc, I thought we should try some good old cotton ball painting…

Cotton Ball Painting and building fine motor skills by Teach Preschool

To add an extra fine motor component to our cotton ball painting, I supplied clothespins all around the table and invited the children to use the clothespins to pick up their cotton balls and then dip them into the paint. Knowing that not all my students may know how to use a clothespin, I demonstrated for the children how to hold the clothespin with their fingers and squeeze hard to open it up and grab a cotton ball then use it to paint any way that they liked…

Cotton Ball Painting and building fine motor skills by Teach Preschool

Then I sent the children off to explore the painting process in their own way (along with all the other centers around the classroom)…

Cotton Ball Painting and building fine motor skills by Teach Preschool

Some of the children decided that using the clothespin was too hard and chose to use their fingers instead (which still is a good way to promote fine motor skills)

Cotton Ball Painting and building fine motor skills by Teach Preschool

While others focused their energy on using the clothespins…

Cotton Ball Painting and building fine motor skills by Teach Preschool

And one little guy decided it would be much more interesting to explore LOTS of cotton balls…

Cotton Ball Painting and building fine motor skills by Teach Preschool

Many different interpretations on this process and all were simply wonderful…

Cotton Ball Painting and building fine motor skills by Teach Preschool

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