Busy Hands: Hidden Letters Painting

We've never tried crayon resist painting before, but I always wanted to use this technique for a learning activity. Discovering hidden things and learning to identify them go well together. We did this activity on an easel because Little Dude likes painting that way, but you can do it at a table and it will be equally fun!

Hidden Letters Painting - An alphabet recognition activity for toddlers

I created a grid with letters written with a white crayon. I wrote them randomly, not following any pattern. Now, crayon resist painting works best with watercolors, but since we didn't have any, we used regular paint. You can always try giving pre-diluted paint for this activity.

Alphabet recognition activity using crayon resist painting

I used the grid lines so it would be easier for him to know where to look for the letters. But you can make it more challenging (perhaps for older children) by writing the letters all over, and not making any guidelines.

Using crayon resist painting for identifying letters - learning activity for toddlers

As he painted over a letter, Little Dude identified it. I must add that this activity didn't go perfectly, because some letters were not clear enough to identify. The paint dripped in one place, and in some places it was applied too thick to make the letter visible. Make sure you write the letter many times over with the crayon for this to work well.

But we managed to identify most of the letters, and the discovery aspect of this activity was what made it fun. In the end, I let him paint all over the canvas, so you can imagine why Little Dude was at it for a while!

Have you seen my Top Crafts and Activities for 2014? Check it out for more ideas!

(Busy Hands is a series about activities and craft 
you can do with toddlers and young children.)

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Lexis said...

Such a great idea, thanks for sharing

Tarana said...

Thank you!

we3threeblog said...

great idea, my son would love 'hunting' for the letters. #LetKidsBeKids

Louise George said...

That's a great idea, my eldest would love this. Thank you for sharing.

Jocelyn (@ReadingRes) said...

This is a great idea, we'll give it a go! Thanks x

Redpeffer said...

Nice idea, I can see my son enjoying this one. Although I may need to find an alternative to painting over the wax crayons. Not sure he or I could cope with that!

Merlinda Little said...

We used to do this when I was a wee girl and I love it. Its like a spy game for us before and you can only unlock words if you will paint on the hidden letters! Thanks for bringing back childhood memories! #LetKidsBeKids

Eileen Teo said...

we did this for our chinese club and kids love it! They are great! Thank you for sharing it with us #pintorials

Catherine said...

This is such a fun activity. My daughter likes drawing her own pictures and painting over them :)


Karen Bell said...

Great fun activity and educational too helping teach letter recognition. We could have a go with some simple words to help with reading.
Thanks for sharing #LetKidsBeKids

Tarana said...

Yes, you could do a sight words activity!

Louisa said...

What a great activity. My little one is always wanting to paint so would enjoy this activity. #letkidsbekids

Nina G said...

I've heard of this craft but haven't tried it yet! I think I'll set it up for my little guy—I know he'll like this craft.

kidGLloves said...

Lucas says - Wow!! I love this. I got loads of spy stuff at Christmas so I could use this to write my secret letters to my friends so the Parents can't see what I'm writing. It could be secret messages about where I've hidden the Haribo and all sorts..........
Thanks for linking to #minicreations

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