Crayon resist watercolor art is a classic art activity and technique; I remember doing it back in my kindergarten days (which is more than 2 decades ago lol!)
It's a fascinating way to introduce science to little ones (or you could simply call it magic? Haha.) If you ever need to impress or entertain young children on a lazy stay-home day, this trick definitely comes in handy!
White Crayon Painting Magic for Young Toddlers!
You'll need the following materials:
- White paper
- White crayon (or wax candle)
- Watercolor paint (preferably darker colors)
- Use a white crayon to draw or write on the white paper
- Brush watercolor paint over the white paper
- Wait for the paint to dry, revealing the drawing or writing
Play Possibilities with Resist Art
- Surprise your little ones with drawings of favourite animals, objects or characters
- Play treasure hunt on a large white canvas by asking your little one to paint section by section to find clues
- Design special cards for loved ones (These handmade Thank You Cards by Happy Hooligans look amazing!)
- For older children, have them pretend play as wizards and magicians, concocting special potions and spells on these white crayon watercolor paintings
- Teach science behind this resist art technique (In summary, white crayon is water-resistant and watercolor paint does not adhere to the resisted areas where crayon is applied. For a detailed explanation, refer to Fazzino's Blog.)
- Painting and drawing are great for improving fine motor ability
- Encourage varied forms of creative and artistic expression through different art media and techniques
- Build language skills and vocabulary
To follow Gwen's play adventures, check out @miraculove_sg (Instagram) or A Toddler Activity A Day Facebook Group.
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Hi! I am Yunnie. I am the newly minted mama to a little baby girl and a mum friend to everyone on this special (and many times scary) journey of motherhood. Also a graduated bride with a penchant for weddings.