This Kids Crayon Resist Art using watercolor paints is so cool, and works great for kids of all ages, even toddlers and preschoolers. This traditional resist art project is something many of us remember doing as kids. Kids will start with their own white crayon drawings and then add watercolor paint to make cool water color drawing artwork at home or in the classroom.

Kids Crayon Resist Art - 4 pages of finished resist art shown with bright colors - red, blue, purple, green and yellow over patterns and words written in white - watercolor paints and paintbrush shown as well - Kids Activities Blog
Let’s make our own crayon resist art!

Crayon Watercolor Resist Art Project for Kids

Crayon resist art has been around a very long time. It’s a timeless art & craft project 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.

Related: Make Homemade Candles with Crayons and Soy Wax

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! Follow this step by step tutorial for crayon resist watercolor designs.

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Supplies Needed For This Watercolor Resist Art Project

Supplies Needed for Kids Crayon Resist Art - white crayon, white paper and watercolor set with paint brush
This is what you will need to make crayon resist art.

Direction For This Watercolor Resist Art Project

Step 1 – Make a Crayon Drawing

Step 1 - Kids Crayon Resist Art - make a crayon drawing with white crayon on white paper - Kids Activities Blog
First, let’s make our crayon drawing.

Our first step is to decide if you want to let your kids use their creativity and draw their own designs. Use a white crayon and draw on the white paper, pressing firmly down so you get enough wax on the paper. Kids can make their crayon lines in any way they desire!

Tip: If you are doing this with really young kids, you can draw something on the paper for to be revealed later.

Step 2 – Add Water Color Paints to Kids Crayons Art

Step 2 - Crayon Resist Art project - painting with watercolor paints over the crayon resist
Next we will need paint!

Next, have your child brush watercolor paint over their crayon drawing – many will cover the entire paper/

Step 2b - Watercolor resist art for kids - watercolor paint over entire crayon drawing
You can use this to send a secret message!

The watercolor will stick the paper, but will “resist” the white crayon. This is when their designs will magically appear on the whole page.

Finished Crayon Resist ARt Project

Finished crayon resist art - name example
Make name art with crayon resist!

The possibilities are endless! I love how easy this art activity is for even a little kid. Let it be a child lead adventure!

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

Resist Art Spelling

finished Kids Crayon Resist Art - apple example
Crayon resist art can be used for learning modules.

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 watercolour paints over the image first, and then brush watercolor over each letter individually as you spell out the word together.

Resist Art Math

Finished Kids Crayon Resist Art math idea
Resist art can be used for math too!

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!

Secret Messages in Your Crayon + Watercolor Resist Art

finished Kids Crayon Resist Art - secret message art
Write a secret message with 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.

Colorful Name Art

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Make name art with crayon resist techniques.

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!

All steps needed to make Kids Crayon Resist Art in collage - 9 pictures
Here are the steps you need to take to make this easy crayon resist art.

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

Why We Love These Watercolor Resist Idea

This is a great way to make watercolor art. Not only that, but it’s a good way to not only practice fine motor skills, but work on colors, math, words. Plus these easy water color ideas not only teach different techniques, or I should say watercolor techniques, but it’s overall educational.

The best way to learn is by doing something fun. Plus your child can learn about different words like color gradient. This can be good practice to learn how to mix colors and what different brush strokes look like.

Also, a great way to use up white crayons. My kids always have leftover white crayons. They now call them a watercolor crayon because of their resist effect.

But this watercolor resist craft is not only an easy project that will get the creative juices going.

Happy Painting!

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It doesn’t matter what level of painting skills you have, all of these practice ideas are a fun way to get into painting and practicing new techniques and basic techniques.

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  2. 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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  4. 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~