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Cotton Reel Painting

Cotton Reels should be part of every toddler's craft box. There are so many different uses for them, particularly when it comes to fine motor activities. Today we are going to use them for a painting activity. Most cotton reels' bottom (and top) normally have a pattern on them, and you can also roll the cotton reels in the paint for a different effect.

We used a large roll of paper and taped it to the table to make the activity easier, but you can do this with small paper if you prefer.

What do you need: 

Cotton Reel Painting

What to do: 

  1. Cover the table with a large sheet of paper
  2. Place paint onto plates
  3. Let your toddler stamp and roll with the cotton reels to make different patterns.
  4. If you use long rolls of paper, you can save the painting and use it to make your own wrapping paper.

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Wednesday 25th of February 2015

[…] posted about Cotton Reel Painting before, but it is a great painting method, as they can stamp with them and roll them to create a […]

Janice Mackin

Tuesday 13th of January 2015

What a great idea! My toddler loves his cotton reels. We will definitely need to do some painting with them :)


Wednesday 14th of January 2015

Thanks Janice. They're so cheap and easy to use!


Thursday 8th of January 2015

Such and easy & simple idea! One that I'd never think of - will be using this in the future with my baby :)


Thursday 8th of January 2015

Thanks Emz


Tuesday 6th of January 2015

Such a simple but cute idea, I do love cotton reels, I always wanted some for at but elc was always sold out!! Must be very popular.

Thanks so much for linking x #toddlerapprovedtuesday

Alice Young

Tuesday 6th of January 2015

What a great and simple idea. Can't believe I've not thought of it before. My Amelia is just getting into arts and crafts so will definitely get some cotton reels to put into her art box. Lovely post! #playathometuesdays


Wednesday 7th of January 2015

Thank you!