Q-tip painting with templates

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I have posted about Q-tip painting before, but another therapist has a different twist on it.  She has made some templates to do the q-tip painting, which requires more precision in the painting.

This is a guest post by a therapist,  Tova Stulberger, who made some templates to use when Q-tip painting.

Q tip painting with templates

Kids dip Q-Tips into paint and press into a circle on paper- one dot per circle. This activity slows movements patterns because requires focus to dot inside of each circle. This activity is a great activity for working on distal control. You can also address appropriate grasp patterns and force modulation (the harder you press the more the paint will spread outside the circles). The kids loved having a choice between pictures and enjoyed making their very own castles!

distal point control- qtip paint! distal point control- qtip paint 2You can find more Q-tip painting templates here on Therapy Fun Zone.


Areas Addressed:

  • Distal control
  • Fine motor
  • grasp
  • force modulation

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


  1. Barbara Bailey says:

    This is great! I’m going to make a Christmas tree template and have the kids put a different color on each end of the Q-Tip so that they have to rotate it to make different colored ornaments.

  2. Love this idea. Cute templates.

  3. Colleen McDonald says:

    Great idea! I have having a hard time accessing the templates.

  4. Thanks for sharing these, excited to try this with my kids.

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