You’ve gotta try this: the secret letters activity is a total winner!
Need a fun activity to make it to nap time? You have to try this secret letters activity – your little learners will love it! It’s a combination literacy and art activity and that’s a whole lot of fun in one simple project. It’s the perfect way to pass the time!
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This is a crayon resist activity, meaning you paint ON TOP of the crayon.
Here’s how to set it up: I took my white crayon and wrote letters all over the paper. White on white made them so hard to see. When I handed my son the paper, he laughed because he couldn’t see a thing on it!
Let the letter hunt begin!
My son couldn’t believe his eyes when he painted over the top of that “plain white paper” and suddenly letters were visible.
He practically had to do a double take. It was absolutely magical.
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Why does this work?
The crayon wax acts as a barrier against the watercolor paint (resisting it) making the letters magically appear on the paper.
I can’t remember the last time my son loved using watercolor paints so much!
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A few tips to make this successful and some extensions:
- Make sure the brush has enough paint on it. You need a good amount of paint for the crayon to show up.
- Print your letters firmly but not too firm. If you make them too light, the crayon resist technique doesn’t quite work. Make them too dark and you can see the letters before they’ve been painted over.
- Extensions: Hide words, phrases, sentences. Make a secret note!
- Not ready for letters? Draw pictures, shapes, squiggles – it’s all about the magic in the reveal.
My son loved this activity so much, I had to quickly make THREE sheets of letters.
He was totally into it: It was also the first thing he wanted to tell Dad after work which means this activity was a home run. There are so many possibilities with secret letters!