Hello dear parents,

Have you tried Q-tip painting? I am sure that if you’re on Pinterest you’ve at least seen it a few times! Well this is one of Ava’s favorite ways to paint (besides with her hands!). It’s fun watching her concentrate on her art, and it’s nice for me to get in on the action as well. I was always a creative child and lost that when I had to “grow up”…but atlas, I have a secret for those of you who have lost it too….have a kid! Yup, this is the perfect excuse to get messy again! hehe.

I have seen a few different ways to do these Q-tip paintings, such as drawing the shape out first and having the child paint inside the lines. Now that is all fine and dandy & is probably somehow a cognitive way to do it, however we are free spirits in our household and I typically draw the lines after Ava is finished painting.



  • 3-6 q-tips
  • Paints {Brown, Orange, Yellow)
  • Paper
  • Glue or glue stick
  • Nude or Green construction paper {cut into small pieces – try letting them cut the pieces}


  1. Tape a piece of paper onto your crafting table and sit your child down in front.
  2. Place your paints and q-tips near child. Using a q-tip dip in your color of choice and dab onto paper in random spots.
  3. Hand your child a q-tip and see if they can imitate you. {Do they choose the same color or chose their own color??}
  4. Continue dabbing until you need more paint. Place q-tip aside and repeat step two with a different color. {Does your little do the same?}
  5. Once you have painted to your hearts’ content, clean hands and let paper dry. Once dry draw corn on the cob shapes complete with corn husks shapes.
  6. Dab glue in random spots or rub glue stick inside the corn husks…set in front of child along with construction paper. Show your child how to stick the papers on the glue and see if they can do it too! {Are they interested in peeling the papers off?? Good!!! They are learning!!}

Feel free to cut your corns, hole punch bottoms and hang together or make an adorable garland!!

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Question of the Day:

Have you tried Q-tip painting with your toddler before?


Well that’s all I have for today’s Family Friday, be sure to come back on fridays for more articles pertaining to family lifestyle and an alternative way of raising children. Don’t forget you can always subscribe to receive weekly emails in your inbox. Comments are always welcomed as well as opinions, please try to be open minded towards each other and remember we are all trying to do what’s best. We can only expand our knowledge to those who are willing to hear it. Be educated, be wise and be kind. Thanks for reading and be sure to snuggle extra long with your littles this weekend, they won’t be little for long ❤ ॐ❤!

Ashleigh is a stay at home mom who enjoys blogging about balancing the mind through meditation and conscious parenting, the body through plant based eating and yoga, and the soul through up cycling and sustainability. Keep your life balanced & subscribe to her weekly emails, like OmLivin’ on FB or check her out on Google+ for more.

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