Create a Crayon Shape Painting Activity

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Updated on Apr 26, 2013

Once your young child has figured out how to draw shapes, he'll want to make them all the time! Get inspired by shapes for this fun art project that encourages your shape-drawing child. He'll make a pattern resist painting, as he develops his drawing skills. All it takes are some crayons and watercolor paints for this engaging project that serves to make the next rainy day much more enjoyable!

What You Need:

  • White drawing paper
  • Crayons
  • Watercolor paints
  • Paint brushes
  • Small container for water

What You Do:

  1. Get started by taping a piece of white paper onto a worktable, or the tray of a high chair.
  2. Give your child a selection of crayons to use, and encourage him to fill his paper with shapes of all different sizes and colors. This is a great opportunity to introduce him to some new shapes that he may be unfamiliar with, such as stars, moons, and ovals! Show him some examples on a separate piece of paper.
  3. Once his paper is filled with shapes, remove the crayons and place a small cup of water, a paintbrush, and watercolor paints within reach. Invite him to paint over the crayon shapes he drew with watercolor paints, and watch the crayon shapes pop through the paint.
  4. Next, encourage him to continue dipping his paint brush in water and a color of paint. This fine tunes his color recognition and hand-eye coordination!
  5. Urge him to continue painting until his entire paper is covered with paint, without any white paper showing through.
  6. Your child’s finished pattern resist can be proudly displayed in a colorful frame for everyone to see!
Sarah Lipoff has a K-12 Art Education degree and enjoys working with kids of all ages.

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