Learning to Write the Alphabet with Cotton Swab Painting
Write the Alphabet with Cotton Swab
First, write the letters of the alphabet on the piece of paper.
We were learning upper case letters, so that is what I wrote. You can practice lower case if that is where your child is in their learning.
I like using an old baking sheet as a painting tray because it helps contain the mess.
My daughter wanted to use multiple colors of paint to alternate colors as she went along, but when I did this with my son when he was 3, he picked one color. You and your child can choose what you would like to do.
At first, my son was dotting along each letter, but it was ultimately better pre-writing practice to trace each letter using the cotton swab…it was quicker too.
Sometimes copy-work can be boring, or not engaging enough for the creative child, so this merges that need for art exploration with a more structured activity like tracing the letters. It is a nice go-to when you need to teach the alphabet to a reluctant learner!
My oldest daughter also painted the numbers 1-12 using this painting method.
Even if your child is not yet ready for this structured activity of learning to write the alphabet with cotton swab, painting with cotton swabs is a nice alternative to paint brushes. Since it is easy to use multiple colors and simple to clean up!
Here are some more learning to write the alphabet activities:
Free printable Qtip letter painting pages from ABCs to ACTs
Cotton Swab Pre-Writing Painting Activity from Lessons Learnt Journal
Easter Egg Painting with Cotton Swabs and Fingers for a messy art activity at Danya Banya