Here is a fun activity to kick off the Christmas season! I can’t remember where I got this idea, but the first time I tried it was when I worked as a nanny during breaks from college.

To make this picture, you will need paper, watercolor paint, and crayons.

First, draw a snowman or some snowflakes on white paper with the white crayon. Aidan made this snowman picture today. He drew snowflakes falling in the background, but you can’t see them yet…

Then, paint over the whole picture with blue watercolor paint. Use a lot of water to make it light blue.

A few tips:

  • For preschoolers, I like to draw snowflakes for them to “discover” with the paint. At this age, drawing is hard enough, let alone drawing something you can’t see! By the time Aidan was 5, maybe 6, he could do the drawing part himself.
  • The picture is the cutest when you use only blue paint, so if I want them to use only blue (especially when they’re young and have very little self-control…) I cover up the other colors on the watercolor tray with masking tape.
  • Our picture would have turned out better is Aidan had pressed harder with the crayon.
  • This doesn’t have to be a Christmas theme! You could also write their name, draw fun shapes, etc.

This post is linked to Works for Me Wednesdsay


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  1. bjk Nov 28, 2010

    This is COOL!

  2. dana Nov 29, 2010

    fun! we like to call it 'secret messages' painting!

  3. Lindsay @ BytesOfMemory Nov 29, 2010

    oo this turned out so pretty! We will certainly be doing this activity sometime this winter!!

  4. Meg Dec 1, 2010

    How fun and cute! I think my 3 year old could handle this! :)

  5. Raise Them Up Dec 1, 2010

    What a neat idea!! :) I think I'll let my little guy do that tomorrow.


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