Ideas for Using ~ Q-Tip Painting Printables

Ideas for Using Q Tip Painting Printables



My daughter is the queen of loving something one day and hating it the next. She definitely keeps me on my toes. I began creating Q-Tip painting printables because she LOVED them and then suddenly she was SO over them. Anyone else relate?

I had to get creative with how we would use them and once I did, she loved them again! She now uses them weekly again, but chooses her method each time.

 

WHY use Q-Tip Painting Printables?

The big answer is fine motor skills! If you notice how we focus on not only the tiny dots, but also using small items in painting or adding to the dots. All of this works on hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills

The letter identification is a secondary bonus!

Below you will see several ideas for using these printables.

The obvious use is Q-Tips and paint. We use both tempera paint and water color paint. This was  the main reason they were created, and I was originally inspired by this post. You can see our original intro post here.

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We have also cut straws down to a tiny size and let her paint with those.  I did this both for something different and also to make the grip area even smaller than a Q Tip to force her to use a better grip.

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Adding glue dots and glitter is another fun activity, and one of her favorites.  She is usually able to add glue dots to some of them and then I finish when it gets too hard.

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If managing a glue bottle is too much, try a toothpick!  I put a small amount of white glue in a craft cup and give her a toothpick to dot the glue on.

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Then we sprinkle on the glitter!

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Another spin on the use of glue is to glue on Perler beads.  Again, she will add the glue for some and I will finish.  Then she adds all of the beads.

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Looking for all of our Q-Tip Painting Printables? Click on the images to see the free printables for each theme shown below! I am always adding more, so be sure to subscribe to my blog so you don’t miss new themes!

Lalaloopsy  Sofia

Despicable Me  Tinkerbell

Jack in the Beanstalk Mouse Paint

Noah's Ark  Thanksgiving

Nativity  Christmas

The Mitten  Winter Clothing

Q Tip Alphabet Painting  Q Tip Painting Number Printables


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Ideas for Using ~ Roll & Graph

I get questions frequently about certain printables I offer, from moms wanting to know what they are intended to be used for.  In honor of these questions, I am doing a series of blog posts, based on the printables I get the most questions about! If there is a printable included in a Preschool Pack, Tot Pack, or others, that you have wondered about, let me know in the comments and I will add it to my list of future posts!

Today I am going to share ideas for using Roll and Graph Printables

Ideas for Using Roll and Graph

I am certainly not the only one to offer these, they have been around for years.  I offer roll and graph printables in a few locations on my site, mostly within theme preschool packs.

 

I use the 1-5 graph when tots are just learning, this is what ladybug is using now.  I move up to the 1-10 graph after confidence with a 1-5 graph.  Ladybug began enjoying this activity around age 3 and now at age 3 1/2 it is one of her favorites.  Krash, who is 6 1/2 still loves these and participates often.

Baby Animal GraphingPreschool Pack Pretty Bugs3

The cube printable just needs to be cut out, folded and taped together.  I print mine on fast draft using cardstock, the cube is usually worthless after the unit is over and difficult to store, so I don’t put a lot of effort into making the cube perfect.  We throw it out when the unit is over for the week{s}.

Doc McStuffins GraphDoc McStuffins Graph

 

Almost all of my theme packs have a roll and graph activity, just browse around here!

Printables Packs from 1plus1plus1equals1

You can also find TONS of dot fun activities on Homeschool Creations, 2 Teaching Mommies, and more.

Here are a few of my ideas of how to use these printable in a variety of ways! If you have more ideas, leave them in the comments!


Dot Paint is just perfect for these and tots love it {usually}!  In the beginning, I have her roll the cube and find the matching graphic on the sheet.  I then point to where she is to mark and emphasize the number of dots she has.

It doesn’t take long for a child to learn where to mark on the graph, and this is a fabulous skill to have at a young age, making the basic graphing skills learned in Kindergarten and 1st grade so simple!

Roll and Graph Printables

Ladybug loves to pull out many colors of dot paint and make her graph a piece of artwork, sometimes I don’t allow this, sometimes I do!Roll and Graph Printables

Krash likes to select a “winner” before he starts and cheer for that graphic as he marks his page.  Ladybug just likes to fill up her entire page, and will keep rolling until she does!


A little take turns game is another awesome way to use these printable, teaching valuable game-playing skills with a simple activity.  I give each child a sheet and a dot marker, with one cube to roll.  They take turns rolling the cube and marking their own sheets.

Lots of comparing and contrasting is done during this activity, which is another great skill taught using these fun printables!Roll and Graph Printables


If you want to use the same sheet twice, I recommend grabbing a cookie sheet and some mini magnets and marking the answers that way. We have pom pom magnets and gem magnets.  I made both with a glue gun, mini magnets, and that’s it! It adds a different element to the same activity, and allows the sheet to be reused.

Roll and Graph Printables


We mainly use those items with our roll and graph printables, but you can get as creative as you want with marking the squares, many of the ideas shared in Ideas for Using Dot Fun Printables would also apply.Ideas for Using Dot Fun Printables

  • markers ~ color the squares
  • small stickers
  • balls of play dough

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Ideas for Using ~ Dot Fun Printables

I get questions frequently about certain printables I offer, from moms wanting to know what they are intended to be used for.  In honor of these questions, I am doing a series of blog posts, based on the printables I get the most questions about! If there is a printable included in a Preschool Pack, Tot Pack, or others,  that you have wondered about, let me know in the comments and I will add it to my list of future posts!

First up, dot fun printables!

Ideas for Using Dot Fun Printables

I am certainly not the only one to offer these, they have been around for years.  I offer dot fun printables in a few locations on my site.

Animal ABC {this is mostly what you see in the post since we are currently using these.  These are a part of the Animal ABC Bundle, or can be purchase by themselves at Teacher’s Notebook here.Animal ABC Dot Fun

 

Facebook Fan Freebie ~ this is an additional set of dot fun animals {not a complete a-z set, just extra animals for the letters that had them}Animal ABC Dot Fun Extra Animals

 

Tot/Preschool Packs that have dot fun: Dora, Little Einsteins, Baby Animals, Octonauts, {there may be more, those are the ones I could remember!}

You can also find TONS of dot fun activities on Making Learning Fun {look under letter M they call them magnet pages}, Homeschool Creations, and more. Here’s a great post from Simply Montessori with a great collection of dot printables she has found online! People call them different things, but they are all the pages with the blank dots on them!

Here are a few of my ideas of how to use these printable in a variety of ways! If you have more ideas, leave them in the comments!


The most obvious is usually dot paint!  This is fun, and a one use item.  Once it’s painted on, it’s usually done.Dot Paint Fun


Another one use item is small stickers.  Stickers work on many fine motor skills and are really good for tots to explore.  When my tots are young, I line the stickers up as shown on the left, to allow as much independence as possible.

Stickers for Tots Stickers on Dots

 


Markers are another way to use dot fun pages.  My daughter likes to color in the circles, which is great fine motor work also.  If  you’ve ever seen the Kumon Let’s Color workbook, you’ll notice the similarities.

Toddler Coloring


If you are brave, get out the glitter for your tot and let him/her shake it on the glue you put on the letters!Glitter Fun

 

Glitter Fun

 


Finger Paint is another fun use.  It takes great concentration, as you can see!  She really loved this!Finger Paint


Want to use your dot fun multiple times?  Slip it into a sheet protector or a dry erase center, then get out your play dough! Roll balls with your tot, then find a small object for your tot to smoosh into the balls for extra fine motor work!Play Dough Dot Fun

 

Play Dough Dot Fun


Grab a cookie sheet and use small home made magnets to put on the dots.  You can buy magnets, or you can make your own.  We have pom pom magnets and gem magnets.  I made both with a glue gun, mini magnets, and that’s it!

Magnet Dot Fun

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Helpful Dot Fun Items…

Remember ~ when using small objects with young children, they need constant supervision.  Many of the items suggested are choking hazards and should never be in the hands of a young child who isn’t properly supervised.

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