Crayon Painting with Preschoolers

My preschoolers love to color with crayons and love to paint – why not do both? This post was adapted from the post on resist crayon paintings on The Activity Mom several months ago. It has been mulling around in the back of my brain as a craft activity waiting for the perfect moment. This craft is really quite simple, even my 18 month old joined in on the fun. First you color your paper with crayons, then you paint over the crayoned drawing. We used our shaving cream paint recipe – love that it isn’t spill-able, perfect for training a toddler to paint. The results are stunning!



preschool art projectFor my youngest, while she does color with crayons, today she was more interested in banging them so I helped her color in her page. She’d hand me a new color every few seconds and I’d tell her the name of the color, have her repeat it back to me and then scribble like mad till she picked out the next crayon. She loved it and thought I was “so silly.”   It is the highest compliment my toddler gives someone. After we colored them we got on our art shirts and mixed up our shaving cream paint. As I am trying to encourage my youngest to not finger paint, there is a time for finger painting but also a time for more orderly – aka clean – fun, we got some old makeup sponges out and used those to help spread our paint.


preschool art project

I love how the paint makes the crayon jump out at you! The finished product of our painted crayon works of art are beautiful!  preschool art projectpreschool art project


  1. JDaniel4's Mom says:

    What a fun idea! Is shaving cream paint easier to clean up?

    1. yup! It wipes off really nicely, has more brilliant colors, you can hold the cup of “paint” upside down and it won’t spill – and your paint goes farther. I love the stuff!

  2. My daughter would LOVE to do to this, and the paint over crayon adds an extra special element to the final picture. I may do this with her as gifts- definitely a step above just crayon! Thanks!
    .-= Shannon´s last blog ..Chevy Mom Mission 1- Grocery shopping- =-.

  3. Saw your post on Blog Frog in the Mom Loop. Stopping by to say hi. Love your blog and all the activities!

  4. Stopping in from the Mom Loop post in BlogFrog. Your blog is great, and I am so excited to have found it. With summer here, I am always looking for fun things for the kiddos.

  5. sounds like something my grandbaby will love very soon, she already does so well with her crayons.
    And never chews them.

  6. Well if think I’ll try this with my boys- they’re only 16 months old but if my husband helps it might be doable. should be interesting! :o)
    Thanks for the idea!
    BTW…found you on mom loop
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  7. Mother?Lode says:

    FUN! I love how vibrant the colors turned out; I am bookmarking your shaving cream recipe. It seems like a great one for beginning/younger artists… our daughter got paintbrushes for her 1st birthday.. our son is 6 months now, so it won’t be long now until he’s painting at the table with us! Thanks for the inspiration!

  8. Hi Rachel- can I call you Rach? Kinda makes me feel like we’re old friends. Anyway, thanks for visiting my blog. It’s great that you do so many crafty activities with your kids, looking at all the pictures kinda makes me wanna go mop my floors. Right now. But I’m hoping that it will also spur me on to do some of my own, even though craftiness is not my thing I know the kids love it. So keep bringing on the crafty inspiration!
    .-= Kimi Jo´s last blog ..Blog Wasteland =-.

  9. There is just something so neat and timeless about crayon resist. It’s always fun to see the look on a child’s face the first time they use this technique.
    .-= Katie´s last blog ..4th Birthday Party Invitation =-.

  10. Sherry and Donna says:

    Crayon resist art really is irresistible fun. I love the idea of using the shaving cream paint too! Thanks for sharing.
    Donna 🙂 🙂

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  12. can this be done on a canvas?

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