Rainbow Cotton Ball Christmas Tree Activity

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Cotton ball rainbow Christmas Tree is a fun and easy to create fine motor art activity for toddlers and preschoolers. Create a colourful Christmas Tree using coloured water!

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How to Create A Cotton Ball Rainbow Christmas Tree

Grab a piece of cardboard, your glue and lots of cotton balls. Draw a rough outline of a Christmas Tree on your cardboard using a pencil.

Next, glue down you cotton balls over your drawing in the shape of a Christmas Tree similar to the photo referent above.

Creating your Rainbow Christmas Tree

If this is the first time your little one is using an eye dropped I suggest practicing using it with just water before adding the colour.

Cotton Ball Rainbow Menorah

Once they get the hang of it add the colour to the water. Grab six bowls or glasses and fill them half way with water. Add a few drops of different food colouring into each container. We did all the colours of the rainbow from red to purple.

Invite your child to using the droppers to colour the cotton balls and create a rainbow Christmas Tree!

Containing the Mess

There will be some mess. This is indeed a messy activity. The good news is that the cardboard will catch and absorb most of the mess. Make sure to use a piece of cardboard large enough to hold the christmas with some room on the ends to catch any run off.

There mess will be the most where there are the fewest number of cotton balls. For instance, at the top of the tree. Cover your table in Kraft paper or a larger pieces of cardboard to protect it as well.


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  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Cotton Balls
  • Glue
  • Eye Droppers
  • Food Colouring
  • Bowls or glasses
  • Water


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