This week two of ABC and 123 Learning Cooperative’s Summer Prize Picnic. This week’s Table Talk is all about the ABC’s.
Our “new” favorite activity is making secret pictures. I came across this idea from a teacher’s blog who did this as an art technique for pictures, and unfortunately, I can’t remember who (and I forgot to bookmark it). If you recognize this technique, please let me know because I liked more of your ideas and I want to credit you for this one. Instead of making secret pictures, we made secret letters.
This idea reminds me of what we do for Easter eggs when you use the clear wax crayon to make designs before you dye the egg.
What you need:
A white candle (tea-light or birthday candle)
Thick white paper (we used cardstock)
Wide paintbrush (using a small brush takes too much time).
Take a candle and draw your letter (or word or picture) on the white paper. Use heavy pressure so that you transfer a lot of wax to the paper.
Give the paper to the kids (be sure it’s wax side up), and have them paint stripes of colors on the paper and watch the letters or picture be revealed.
As the letters were becoming visible, I asked the girls to guess what letter they thought the were seeing and then let them finish the painting to find out if they were right.
This was a lot of fun and we are going to do more of these. If you use cardstock, you could actually turn these into cards you can give away.