When I first gave a student q-tips to paint with, she did a lot of smearing and squishing of the paint on the paper. She was working those fine muscles of the hand, but there was a little something missing from the picture. It was a very nice masterpiece, but lacked the lovely dots that can be made when using a q-tip as your method of paint application. Using q-tips to apply paint really helps force that tripod grasp that is used when writing with a pencil, so it is a great tool to use when developing these skills. To give students an idea of what they are working towards, and to facilitate the q-tip painting process, I have created a couple more templates to use during painting.
You can find more q-tip painting templates here. Now go out a do some painting.
- q-tip painting templates
- fine motor
- handwriting (tripod grasp)
- visual perceptual