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Clothespin Cotton Ball Painting

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Clothespin Cotton Ball Painting - Materials

Gather Materials

Paper
Clothespins
Cotton Balls
Paint
Newspaper, or an old towel to cover the work surface, large T-shirt for your child to wear to protect their clothing (optional)

Clothespin Cotton Ball Painting - Step 1

Step 1

Start by covering the work surface, and your child’s clothing.

Step 2

Next, provide your child with a piece of paper

Clothespin Cotton Ball Painting - Step 2

Step 3

Now, show your child how to clip a cotton ball with the clothespin so that the cotton ball sticks out of the end of the clothespin to dip it into the paint. Make one for each color of paint.

Clothespin Cotton Ball Painting - End

Step 4

Finally, let your child dip the cotton ball in the paint and dab the paint onto the paper. They can also “draw” using the cotton ball clips. Let your child explore, there is no right or wrong, and more than one way to use the materials.

CDC Milestones

Curious about your child’s development? All children develop at their own pace, but the Center for Disease Control’s developmental milestones can be a helpful guideline. Here are a few examples:

Infants
1-year-old
  • Shows fear in some situations
  • Puts things in a container, takes things out of a container
  • Looks at the right picture or thing when it’s named
Toddlers
18-months-old
  • Explores alone but with parent close by
  • Can follow 1-step verbal commands without any gestures
  • Drinks from a cup
Preschoolers
2-years-old
  • Shows more and more independence
  • Knows names of familiar people and body parts
  • Might use one hand more than the other

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