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Cotton Wool Ball Painting - alice & amelia
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Cotton Wool Ball Painting

This afternoon we did Cotton Wool Ball Painting. As much as painting with a brush is fun this just introduces something new and acts the same as a sponge just slightly less mess!

You will need cotton wool balls and clothes pegs.

Simply attach the peg to the cotton wool then use it for dabbing into the paint and onto the paper. 


I got the colours and the cotton wool all ready for Amelia and sat her down to start. She was so over excited shouting her version of “stamp stamp stamp” every time she banged the cotton wool onto the paper! I kept some extra cotton wool balls nearby as after a while they got a bit unravelled so it was nice and easy to replace. 

Like every paint activity Amelia had a little taste of the paint and ended up with it all over her face but I think Amelia really loved this. She painted for about 30minutes! Amelia can never have a spare hand so obviously had one in each hand and was alternating them hitting the paper whilst squealing and shouting. She did also like wiping them across the page but mostly stamped them up and down. 

Cotton Wool & Peg Painting Collage

Cotton Wool & Peg Painting Montage

I am so impressed with how these paintings turned out, Amelia actually stamped each colour and didn’t mix them all together like she usually does making just one big brown blob. I am actually thinking about getting on of them framed as I love it so much.


I’ve seen similar ideas done with pom poms as they hold shape a little bit better but I think most people are more likely to have cotton wool balls in the house! 

For clean up we did a bit of impromptu water play which always goes down a treat and floods the floor, but it got Amelia cleaned up with no arguments so I can’t complain.  

Love this shot of Amelia looking particularly innocent whilst covered in paint;


Would definitely recommend giving this one ago as it was fairly mess free and Amelia absolutely loved it!

Thanks for reading xx  



  1. 13th March 2015 / 10:42 am

    This is very cool, they look great and most of all looks like she had a fab time doing it 🙂 #playathometuesdays

  2. 13th March 2015 / 8:50 pm

    This is such a sweet and simple idea, definitely something I will be trying in the future.

  3. 26th March 2015 / 5:22 pm

    I love this!! You definitely should frame them. Thanks for linking up to #playathometeacher

  4. Granny Annie
    26th March 2018 / 7:09 pm

    Such fun! You should definitely frame at least one – they are SO pretty! I’m hoping to try this out with my little granddaughters next time they visit!

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