We think Kids Crayon Resist Art is so cool and we know you and your kids will too! Crayon resist art has been around since us moms were kids.  It is a timeless craft for kids that they’ll have fun doing over and over again. Kids Activities Blog is curious to hear how your child’s creativity is expressed through the use of white crayon. Here are some ideas for making your own kids crayon resist art!

Have you ever made your own Rainbow Scratch Art with crayons? This was my favorite crayon activity as a kid! It’ll keep your kids busy for hours…

kids crayon resist art

Usually when my kids are making art with crayons, they’re trying to create the most colorful images possible.  When I can see they’re looking for something a little different from the usual coloring routine, we break out only the white crayons to create beautiful and fun Kids Crayon Resist Art.  It’s a really simple process, but the kids are amazed time after time when they see their hidden white crayon drawings magically appear when painted over with watercolors! Here’s how to make your own Kids Crayon Resist Art, as well as some ideas for turning this kids art project into fun learning activities:

Kids Crayon Resist Art

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First, decide if you want to let your kids use their creativity and draw their own designs or if you want to turn this into a fun learning activity for kids. Then simply take a white crayon and draw on the white paper, pressing firmly down so you get enough wax on the paper.

Next, have your child brush watercolor over their drawing and the watercolor will stick the paper, but will “resist” the white crayon. This is when their designs will magically appear.

Here’s some ideas for learning activities that I had fun doing with my kids. The possibilities are endless!


Draw a picture of an object and write what is underneath the image. We did “A is for apple.” You can direct your child to brush watercolor over the image first, and then brush watercolor over each letter individually as you spell out the word together.


On one side of the paper draw objects and next to it on the other side write the number for how many there are. For instance, I drew three stars on the left side of the paper and then wrote the number 3 next to them. Have your child brush watercolor over the objects first, and then brush watercolor over the number. Have your child count with you each object to reinforce this concept.

Secret Message

Write your child a secret message and have them reveal the message by brushing watercolor over the message. For young kids your message can be as simple as “I Love You.” I wrote my older child a note letting him know that I wanted to have a picnic with him outside.

Colorful Name Art

Write your child’s name with the white crayon. Alternatively, your child can write their own name. Try to take up most of the white paper. Now have your kid brush watercolor over their name. You can use one color or multiple colors. I chose to use the colors of the rainbow. This would be a fun reinforcement of a science lesson on prisms and light.

Tip:  Don’t throw out any of your extra Easter egg dye because it works really well for this activity!

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