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Cotton Swabs and Tongue Depressors

Cotton swabs and tongue depressors-01


  • Tempera paint
  • Bedpans or shallow trays
  • Tongue depressors or craft sticks
  • Cotton swabs
  • Paper


What to do

1. Show the children the cotton swabs and tongue depressors. Talk about what happens in a doctor's office.

2. Pour tempera paints in bedpans or shallow trays.

3. Put tongue depressors, cotton swabs, and paints on the table.

4. Let the children explore painting with these tools on paper.

5. Encourage them to use different colors and different techniques to create unique designs.


More to do

Dramatic play: Set up a pretend doctor's office or hospital in the classroom.


-Vicki L. Schneider, Oshkosh, WI

Book: The GIANT Encyclopedia of Art & Craft Activities for Children 3 to 6
Content: The Arts: Visual Arts
Area: Fine Motor
Age: Kindergarten
Interaction: Individual Child

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