Quick & Easy Wax Resist Painting for Kids

Teach little learners about staying healthy and washing hands with this Quick & Easy Resist Painting for Kids process art activity. You’re definitely not going to want to miss it! 

collage of Resist Painting images with text: Wax Resist Painting for KidsThis Wax Resist Painting for Kids activity was one that both the little guy and baby girl loved, which made it a perfect weekend activity for all of us to do together!  

preschooler drawing with white crayon
Can you believe that we’ve finally made it to the last week of our preschool All About Me theme? This week, it’s all about Staying Healthy and today’s topic is an important one. We’re learning about Washing Hands. So exciting! 

preschool adding watercolor to wax resist
child adding watercolor to wax resist
We wash our hands with soap and water. We wash away germs that can make us sick. Germs are not for sharing. We can wash other things with soap and water. Soap creates bubbles. 

preschooler painting with watercolor paint
preschooler using watercolor to create resist effect
After all, preschoolers and kindergartners love painting and they love bubbles too! And of course, we got to experience a little bit of both! 

preschooler dipping brush into waterpreschooler's resist artwork in progress
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child adding watercolor to resist artwork
Keep in mind that all preschoolers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best mama judgement when planning activities for your little kids. 



Wax Resist Painting for Kidspreschooler's resist artwork with flowers
preschooler's resist artwork featuring flowers and border
What you’ll need

  • Inspiration Photo
  • Paper
  • White Crayon
  • Watercolor Paint
  • Cup of Water
  • Paintbrushes

flower and border on preschoolers' resist painting
Here’s how to do it

Set Up

  • Set out Inspiration Photo and additional supplies. 

preschooler's watercolor resist painting artwork
Prompts

  • What do you notice about the Inspiration Photo? What types of lines do you see? 
  • What happens when you color on the paper with crayons? Can you see the marks? 
  • What do you think might happen if you paint over the crayon? 
  • What else can you find in the room that is made of wax? How could you use wax in your art? 

watercolor paint palette on preschooler's wax resist painting
Observe

  • How does the child react to not seeing the crayon marks until he paints over them? 
  • Does he describe his actions and observations? 

This one was so quick & easy! And both the little guy and baby girl enjoyed creating their very own “mystery” pictures. 

When you initially color on white cardstock with a white crayon, you really don’t see anything. The magic happens when you add watercolors or even watered-down paint. 

child using watercolors to create wax resist paintingchild using watercolors to create rainbow effect
Watercolor does a wonderful job of resisting the wax crayons and therefore making the kiddos’ pictures miraculously appear. 

child's watercolor resist artwork with water drip effect

child's watercolor resist painting
The little guy and I have done lots of resist painting over the years, but baby girl was especially mesmerized by this activity. She thought it was so cool that all of a sudden the designs showed up on her paper when she brushed over them with the watercolors. 

child's watercolor resist painting with drip effectchild's resist painting with blue drip effect
Don’t forget to check back if you’re interested in seeing what we’re up to next week with our Weather & Seasons theme from Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time)

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