Fun fall painting with tongs! We don’t get out the paints often here, but I wish we did! I thought it might be fun to paint with “apples” and tongs for our fine motor play this week. I don’t usually use food for projects that I immediately have to throw away, so I didn’t want to use real apples. Take a look at our construction paper apples for brushes! The tree took on a beautiful fall hue whether you call it an apple painting or leaf painting activity!
FALL PAINTING ACTIVITY
- construction paper
- acrylic paint
- tongs (dollar store find)
- large sheet of paper
- brown marker to draw a tree
FALL PAINTING SET UP
I used a divider tray to pour out some paint in red, green, and yellow colors. Liam helped me smoosh the paper into balls. I thought of favorite apple colors!
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FALL PAINTING WITH TONGS
Tongs are a great way to practice fine motor skills and add a fun and unique dimension to a simple painting activity, but first, we practiced pre-writing skills by drawing our tree. This was great practice for working on horizontal, vertical, and diagonal lines without even trying!
This fall-themed activity is also a great process art for young kids!
Of course if the hands get involved too, that’s ok! He also enjoyed grasping the paper and swirling the colors. We mixed in a bit of color theory with the paint available. He tested out a few combinations of colors to see what would happen when they mixed. Mixing colors is both great science and art.
The end result, a beautiful fall painting and a fall activity for kids filled with simple fine motor play!