Painting With Tiny Sponges

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In my quest to paint with tiny objects, I had some kids paint with tiny cut up sponges. I cut the sponges into tiny pieces so that the kids would have to use a fine precise grasp.

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It worked well, but I used regular kitchen sponges, which squished down too easily between the fingers when picked up. Next time I will use make-up sponges, which are much denser, and I think would make great tools to paint with. You can cut the sponges to any size that you want, in order to achieve the grasp that you are working on.

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  • Sponges (recommend make-up sponges)
  • Paper
  • Paint
  • Water


  • Fine motor

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Tonya is a pediatric Occupational Therapist, and loves creating things to work on skills and solve problems.

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  1. Love this idea,what a great way to enhance fine motor skills! And makeup sponges! Yes, I would never have thought of using those to paint.

    Thanks for sharing the idea (found you at I Can Teach My Child’s linky party). 🙂


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