There’s nothing more exciting then the first autumn leaves changing colors. The bright red, yellow and orange leaves change the landscape dramatically and let us know that autumn is in full swing!
To bring the bright colors indoors, try a new fine motor building activity with your family! Here’s what you’ll need:
- White card stock or printer paper
- A brown marker or colored pencil
- Containers with a small amount of fall foliage paint colors like orange, red, yellow and green
- Cotton swabs, one for each paint color (like Q-tips)
First, prepare a bare tree trunk and branches for your child with the brown marker or colored pencil. Draw just one large trunk and branches, or a whole forest worth of trees.
Now it’s your child’s turn. Invite them to use the cotton swabs to create beautiful fall colors on the bare trees. Use only one cotton swab for each color if you don’t want to mix, or provide a paper plate or mixing area if your child wants to get creative!
Using a cotton swab helps your child hone their fine motor skills because it requires the use of the pincer grip. This grip, with the thumb and forefinger working together, is what your child will eventually use to manipulate a pencil to write!
Finally, let the paint dry then hang your artwork in the house to bring a bit of the outdoor beauty inside.
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