Tree Painting for Kids

Check out this fantastic painting for kids activity that focuses on visual arts, attention and persistence, and fine motor skills. This process art activity is perfect for encouraging creative thinking and problem-solving skills too. 

collage of tree painting for kids images with text: Tree Line Painting for Little KidsMake this engaging and hands-on Tree Painting for Kids using just cotton swabs and paint. You’re definitely going to want to try it out with your preschoolers and kindergartners. 

paint on paper plate
This week, we’re exploring the Alpine Tundra and our topics include Mountain Hiking, Spruce Tree, Tree Line, Mountaintop, and Skiing. 

child using cotton swab to add yellow paint to tree painting
Spruce Tree and Tree Line were two of our favorites and I’m hoping to share both invitation to create activities with you. Today we learned about a famous artist and tried to paint just like him. 

child adding yellow paint to tree painting using cotton swab
The tree line is where trees stop growing on a mountaintop. Trees cannot survive past a certain point on a mountain because it is either too cold or there is not enough oxygen to support the growing trees. 

child painting tree process art using cotton swab and paint
I can’t get over how much fun this creative art activity was! The little guy and I did this painting together and of course, we both really enjoyed it. 

child painting using cotton swab
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child painting tree line with cotton swab
A huge thanks to Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) for providing us with their Experience Preschool curriculum for free in exchange for sharing our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. It’s been such a huge blessing to us! As always, my opinions on awesome stuff for little kids are 100% my own.

child painting trees using cotton swab to create tree painting process art
This painting for kids process art activity was another one that involved dot painting. If you missed our last dot painting activity, you can find it here

child's tree process art
Tree Painting for Kids

What you’ll need

  • Inspiration Photo
  • Paper
  • Cotton Swabs
  • Paint

child's tree painting process art painting
Here’s how to do it

Set Up

  • Set out the Inspiration Photo and any additional supplies. 


  • How can you use the cotton swab to paint? 


  • What was the child’s first step? 
  • Did he have any challenges? 
  • Did he answer questions about his art? 

adult's tree painting process art
We started our process art painting for kids with a sheet of solid cardstock, a few cotton swabs, and some paint on a paper plate palette. Using the inspiration photo, we both did our best to create a fun treeline landscape with lots of color and texture. 

adult's process art
Creating with your little kids is a wonderful way to spend quality time together! 

Don’t forget to check back if you’re interested in seeing what we’re up to next week with our winter theme from Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time)

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collage of tree painting for kids images with text: Tree Line Painting for Little Kids