Updated September 8, 2021
Are you looking for a fun December Activity for your 2-year-old or 3-year-old?
Today I’m sharing this set of FREE printables: Christmas Q-tip Painting for toddlers!
The month of December is pretty hectic for us and our toddlers seem to sense all the crazy energy and need to be kept busy even more than usual.
I’m sure you are finding it to be the same way!
This set has 5 different Christmas designs that will make an excellent fine motor activity for your toddler.
When we set up a Christmas art or fine motor activity for our kids we always put on seasonal music too.
Reading a holiday book before you give them the activity is a great way to get them in the Christmas spirit.
Christmas Q-Tip Painting For Toddlers
The first one I used with our kids was this Christmas tree.
I gave this to them to paint before we went and picked out our Christmas tree.
It is perfect to keep excited toddlers busy before you are ready to head out to the tree farm and pick out your tree.
Remember to put a smock or old shirt on them before they start painting!
You can also use this as an after-activity.
If you already went to get your tree or have your tree up, this makes a fun activity to tie it all together.
I love this cute little Gingerbread Christmas cookie!
This would be perfect to give to your toddler or preschooler while you are making Christmas cookies if you need to keep them entertained.
It is fun for toddlers to help bake Christmas cookies, but sometimes I need to get it done.
I’ll put on a Christmas movie or Christmas music and let them q-tip paint while I’m making the cookies.
These are festive Christmas bells that are fun Q-tip paintings for rainy or snowy December days when you need an indoor activity for toddlers or preschoolers.
I wanted to include a Christmas gift with this printable set.
This is a fun activity to give your toddler on Christmas Eve day or during the week before Christmas.
This is a sweet candy cane treat that your toddler will love painting.
I love to give our little kids q-tip painting because it helps them develop their fine motor skills and makes cute seasonal art that they love to see displayed.
Why are Toddler Fine Motor Skills Important?
As your child grows, you will realize that you play an essential role in the development of their motor skills.
You need to give them opportunities to ensure they develop fine motor skills in their childhood.
Fine motor skills are crucial in academics, social interactions, executive functions, and other important areas of your toddler’s development.
Kids grow very fast, and though he may be sleeping for hours now, he will soon start to walk and even play with toys.
What are Fine Motor Skills?
Fine motor skills are essential when using the small muscles in fingers, hands, and forearms.
These muscles are essential during activities such as drawing, buttons, construction with Lego, and opening the lunch box.
These skills influence the quality of the outcome of your child’s activities and their speed.
To ensure your child performs the task accurately, he needs to use different independent skills.
Some of the common fine motor skills are:
– Pencil skills like coloring and drawing
– Scissor skills such as cutting
– Doll dressing and manipulation
– Dressing, i.e., zips, buttons, lacing, and tying shoelaces
– Common hygiene
– Construction skills such as puzzles and Duplo
Why are fine motor skills important?
It’s hard not to emphasize the importance of fine motor skills in everyday life because they enable us to perform simple tasks.
If a child is unable to complete the basic everyday tasks, it will take a toll on their self-esteem, affecting their play, academics, and co-curricular activities.
Also, children without the appropriate fine motor skills will find it hard to get independent life skills such as feeding or dressing, which will have many implications on relationships with other peers.
It will also cause problems to the family as they have to help the toddler with simple tasks even after they grow up.
Therefore, you need to ensure your children develop fine motor skills earlier.
You can do this through constant practice from the time they can learn.
The good news is that there are many activities which will help your child to develop and improve their motor skills.
These include cutting, writing, tracing, playing with dough, and snap cubes.
Additionally, you should buy them some toys such as legos and blocks, puzzles, beading necklaces, and other games. It will help them develop their skills much faster.
Activities that will Improve your Toddler’s Motor Skills
1. Finger Feeding
Allow the toddler to finger feed for the longest time possible.
As the child learns to pick the food with his fingers, he will quickly learn to use the thumb and first finger together, which will help him learn to hold a crayon first.
I would also recommend setting up simple puzzles for your child to help him learn to manipulate objects.
3. Finger Painting
Encourage your toddler to practice finger painting using shaving cream, pudding, or painting.
Benefits of Fine Motor Skills
- Helps our toddlers to Perform Basic Tasks
Fine motor skills are essential to your kid because they help him handle basic tasks such as grasping and moving objects.
Fine motor skills are important for this task, and they enable us to do basic tasks such as drawing, writing, and even signing on a document.
Additionally, they allow kids to use different tools like pencils, chalk, scissors, and crayons.
Even for adults, if they did not learn fine motor skills when they were young, they could not do most things like manipulating objects without help.
- Helps Children to become Independent
Motor skills are crucial for children as it enables them to handle basic but important tasks such as wiping themselves in the washroom, bathing, and washing hands.
It also helps them brush their teeth, wash their clothes, and move different body parts.
When the children hold the pencil better, they will make a better drawing by manipulating their tools.
Additionally, they can cut a paper in a certain way by manipulating how the scissor does its work.
- Helps Kids to develop drawing skills and Good Handwriting
To ensure the school work is hassle-free, kids need to handle two tasks well. And these are the handwriting and the drawing skills.
Usually, your kids will make drawings in school, such as in graphs and more. And for handwriting, they need it while writing notes and during exams.
These skills are a part of fine motor skills, and the small muscles of your kids handle this task.
- It Helps to Grow the Self-Esteem of Kids
Have you seen kids who struggle even to handle simple tasks with their fine motor skills? They are usually frustrated and upset and also have challenges when joining their peers.
For instance, if your child has challenges handling the scissors, then he could become frustrated and avoid any activities involving scissors in the future because they perceive cutting to be difficult.
Additionally, if their peers don’t have challenges with these tools, then the kid will have lower esteem and may opt to avoid his peers.
- How to Know when your Child has Fine Motor Skill Difficulties
Finding out if your child has challenges with fine motor skills is not a daunting task.
You only need to observe whether they have an interest in the fiddly finger skills.
Most kids with motor skill challenges usually prefer physical activities, and they also love passive activities like watching TV that doesn’t require motor skills.
The kids are also not interested in the scissor or pencil skills, and they are usually bossy to others, i.e., demanding another kid to draw him a cut.
And when there is a challenge, they usually give up or expect their parents to handle it for them.
Fine motor skills are very crucial in the growth and development of your kid.
They enable them to handle basic tasks such as writing, drawing, and even bathing.
Therefore, you need to encourage your kid to partake in the activities above to help improve their skills.
More Christmas crafts ideas for 2 and 3-year-olds!
We hope you and your toddler enjoy these Christmas painting printables!
It is not easy keeping toddlers entertained through the craziness of the Holiday season.