Kids Crayon and Watercolor Resist Art Project

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’s a timeless craft for kids that they’ll have fun doing over and over again!  It’s amazing how a child’s creativity is expressed through the use of white crayons.

Here are some ideas for making your own kids crayon resist art!

Kids Crayon Resist Art

Usually, when my kids make art with crayons, they try 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!

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How To Make Kids Crayon + Watercolor 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.

Kids Crayon Resist Art

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

Kids Crayon Resist Art

Here’s some ideas for learning activities that I had fun doing with my kids.

The possibilities are endless!

Resist Art Spelling

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.

Kids Crayon Resist Art

Resist Art Math

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. 

Next, count each object to reinforce this concept!

Kids Crayon Resist Art

Secret Messages in Your Crayon + Watercolor Resist Art

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.

Kids Crayon Resist Art

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!

Kids Crayon Resist Art

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

Kids Crayon Resist Art

More Kids Activities

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.

Rainbow Scratch Art

What kind of designs do you think your child will make with their crayon resist art project?  Have they ever made secret art before?  

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Leave a comment: What fun designs do your kids plan to make on their crayon resistant art projects?


  1. Fun idea! I think the girls would love to see their name appear on page magically! How could I have forgotten about this!? Thanks for the reminder~

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  3. Just did some fun crayon resists with my toddler class here at Best Time Ever arts & crafts studio. Great project idea which I’m now going to bring to the special-needs preschool where I work, too. Thanks for the inspiration!

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