Painting with cotton balls in preschool

This is a simple activity that we did for Letter C week! We painted with cotton balls!

The teacher set out red, blue, and orange paint and a pile of cotton balls for the children to paint with.

The children simply pressed the cotton balls in the paint then printed with the cotton balls on their paper. I noticed that the cotton balls absorb lots of paint so we had to refill the paint several times…

After each child took a turn, we added new cotton balls to the paint. The used cotton balls get pretty soggy!

Painting with cotton balls is something I have seen often but it never gets old and the kids love it!

By |2010-11-03T06:00:00+00:00November 3rd, 2010|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Rebecca November 3, 2010 at 6:43 am - Reply

    VERY CUTE! You could also take those cotton balls and glue them on top of a “C”…..with the paint and the memory of painting with them…oh…I think we have to do that!

    • Deborah J. Stewart November 3, 2010 at 7:21 am - Reply

      Yes – I love that idea too!

  2. Jennifer November 3, 2010 at 8:44 am - Reply

    I may have to borrow this idea! We’re doing the letter C this week!

    • Deborah J. Stewart November 3, 2010 at 2:19 pm - Reply

      It is so simple but fun and colorful!

  3. Molly November 3, 2010 at 11:46 am - Reply

    I love anything that involves painting without a brush! Yay for cotton balls 🙂

    • Deborah J. Stewart November 3, 2010 at 2:20 pm - Reply

      I agree – I like painting with other things too!!

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