White Crayon Watercolor Paint Magic for Young Toddlers

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 Watercolor Paint Magic for Young Toddlers

White Crayon Painting Magic for Young Toddlers!

The Setup

You'll need the following materials:

  • White paper
  • White crayon (or wax candle)
  • Watercolor paint (preferably darker colors)
  • Paintbrush


  • 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

White Crayon Watercolor Paint Magic for Young Toddlers

White Crayon Watercolor Paint Magic for Young Toddlers

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

Learning Benefits

  • 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.

White Crayon Watercolor Paint Magic for Young Toddlers

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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.

Hi! Thank you for taking time to read my blog. I am a stay-home Singaporean mama living in Seattle who is passionate about child-led and open-ended play for children in a conducive home environment.

Discovering Montessori and Reggio has been a life-changer for me. It made me an empathetic and mindful parent who follows my child’s needs and interests in the activities I plan at home. I hope the Montessori-friendly and Reggio inspired baby and toddler activities I share here inspire you too.

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