Eye Dropper Fall Tree Craft

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Eye Dropper Fall Tree Craft- develop fine motor skills with this beautiful autumn activity for preschool, kindergarten, or elementary.

You can never have too many fall tree crafts, right?  I hope not, because this one may be my favorite one of all!  My girls love using eye droppers to play with or for art, so this Eye Dropper Fall Tree Craft was a big hit.  In addition to being fun and beautiful, this craft is great for developing fine motor skills- using that little eye dropper is tricky!  Here's how to make your own.

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Materials Needed For Eye Dropper Fall Trees


Eye Dropper Fall Tree Craft- develop fine motor skills with this beautiful autumn activity for preschool, kindergarten, or elementary.

 Prepare For Eye Dropper Tree Craft


Prepare your liquid watercolors- you'll want the color to be fairly vibrant, but they don't need to be full strength.  I used approximately a 1:1 ratio of liquid watercolor to water.  We made red, yellow, and orange.

Eye Dropper Fall Tree Craft- develop fine motor skills with this beautiful autumn activity for preschool, kindergarten, or elementary.

If your kids are young, you may want to cut the paper in half-- I've found that my daughters do better with most projects if they're working with smaller paper.  Our paper ended up being 4.5" x 6".

Draw a tree trunk with brown crayon on a sheet of watercolor paper.  Your kids may want to do this step themselves, or you can do it for them

Add Leaves To Your Trees


Eye Dropper Fall Tree Craft- develop fine motor skills with this beautiful autumn activity for preschool, kindergarten, or elementary.

It's time to start adding leaves!  If your kids have never used eye droppers, you'll want to give them a chance to practice for a bit before they make drops on their tree.  Show your child how to squeeze the bulb, put the tip into the watercolor, and release the bulb.  Then, have them practice squeezing one drop at a time.

Eye Dropper Fall Tree Craft- develop fine motor skills with this beautiful autumn activity for preschool, kindergarten, or elementary.

Encourage your child to make one drop at a time, and to avoid big puddles.


Maggie had a little trouble understanding that she could add leaves in the white space between the branches!  She put all her drops right onto the trunk!

Eye Dropper Fall Tree Craft- develop fine motor skills with this beautiful autumn activity for preschool, kindergarten, or elementary.

Keep dropping!

Eye Dropper Fall Tree Craft- develop fine motor skills with this beautiful autumn activity for preschool, kindergarten, or elementary.

Let your child add as many drops as they want, until the tree is full of beautiful fall colored leaves!

Eye Dropper Fall Tree Craft- develop fine motor skills with this beautiful autumn activity for preschool, kindergarten, or elementary.

The watercolor will bead up on the paper- let it slowly soak in to the paper.  If you have to move the paper to dry, do so very carefully so that the drops won't roll and drip.

Eye Dropper Fall Tree Craft- develop fine motor skills with this beautiful autumn activity for preschool, kindergarten, or elementary.

Once the watercolor has dried, it leaves these beautiful vibrant drops!  I just LOVE this technique!

Eye Dropper Fall Tree Craft- develop fine motor skills with this beautiful autumn activity for preschool, kindergarten, or elementary.

Here you can see (left to right) a 4-year-old version, an adult version, and a 6-year-old version.  Add this project to your "fall craft" list for some great fine motor development!

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