Activities & Days Out / 15 August, 2020 / Nanny Anita

Q-Tip Autumn Tree Craft

Hurray! My favourite time of year is here again. I said it last year, and I am sure I will say it next year… I LOVE autumn.

I love how my bag becomes full of all the interesting looking leaves and conifers that my charges find. I love that there is a chill in the air and I can pull out my warm clothes and get cosy. I absolutely love that I have the perfect excuse to start drinking hot chocolate with huge amounts of cream and marshmallows (not that I ever really stop drinking them). Finally, I love that I can start doing autumn crafts again. Last year we made autumnal trees using leaves we had collected from Buckingham palace, this year we are making q-tip autumn tree craft.

Make sure you follow my autumn craft board on Pinterest for more ideas.  Don’t forget to save the pin for later.

You will need:

  • Paper
  • Paint
  • Q-tips
  • Paintbrush

Paint on the tree truck onto the paper.

Use the q-tips dipped in paint to make the leaves.


The thing I really love (there is that word again) about doing these sorts of crafts is listening to EC and YC’s description of what they are painting.  The both have such vivid imaginations; YC was making up this whole story about green ants that were carrying the orange apples that had fallen off her tree.  It was a joy to listen to them as we painted.

As EC was paint pinecones on his tree it brought up the perfect opportunity to talk about why trees lose their leaves and why conifers don’t.

This craft may help development of:

  • Fine Motor Skills
  • Knowledge of colours – through mixing the paints
  • Understanding of the life cycle of trees
  • Vocabulary
YC's finished trees, can you spot the green ants and orange apples?

YC’s finished trees, can you spot the green ants and orange apples?

EC's finished trees

EC’s finished trees

Pin for later:

q-tip autumn tree craft


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