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Cotton Ball Autumn Trees

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From: Aussie Childcare Network

Cotton Ball Autumn Trees Projects With Kids

Create an autumn tree with cotton balls and paint to create a colourful autumn effect. 

Materials Needed:

  • blue a4 paper (for background)
  • black/brown a4 paper for tree branch
  • peg (one per child)
  • cotton balls (1 per paint colour)
  • paint in autumn colours (red, orange, brown, yellow)
  • paint palette/tub
  • scissors
  • glue

What to do:

  • Cut a tree branch shape from either the black/brown paper and stick it onto the blue a4 background paper.
  • Using a peg, pick up a cotton ball, dip it into an autumn paint colour and dab it onto the tree branch (to represent the autumn leaves).
  • Repeat for each paint colour, to create an autumn tree.

Hints and Tips:

  • Talk to the children about the difference of colours, you see on trees during autumn.
  • Encourage children to dab the different autumn paint colours on top of each other for more depth and talk about mixing of the colours.
  • An easy activity for even toddlers and older babies to participate in.
  • Instead of cutting out a tree branch from coloured paper, one can be drawn on instead.

Autumn Tree Painting With Cotton Balls, Projects With Kids

Additional Info

  • Appropriate Age: 3 year+
  • Number of Children: Individual (1), Couple (2), Few (3)
  • Developmental Milestones:
    • established hand preference
      identifies basic colours
      paints using a wrist action
      developing fine motor skills
  • Play Based Learning: Creative Play
  • Interest Areas: Art and Craft
  • Games Categories: Art and Craft, Cognitive Development, Creative Play Games, Family Games, Fine Motor Skills
  • EYLF Outcomes: Learning Outcome 4, Learning Outcome 5
  • Sub Outcomes:

    4.3 Children transfer and adapt what they have learned from one context to another.

    5.4 Children begin to understand how symbols and pattern systems work.

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