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Waxed Writing

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This activity may get messy, so be sure to cover yourselves and the table.

Age Group

Preschoolers - 3-5 years

Preschoolers (3-5 years)

Skill Builders

Skill Builder - Language Development

Language Development


Math Concepts


Science Concepts

What You'll Need

White candle or crayon
White paper
Watercolor paints
Optional: Colored paper and glue

Let's Begin

  1. Optional: You can have your child glue the white paper onto a colored piece to create a back drop for the white paper.
  2. Using the white candle/crayon, write a letter, shape, or number on the white paper.
  3. Have your child paint over the white paper with watercolors and watch the magic appear!
  4. Let him try writing something with the candle/crayon and watch his creation come to life.

Get their brains going, talk to your child, for example…
Talk about what your child observes or ask questions like, “What does the water do on different papers?” or “What happens when you mix colors?”

CDC Milestones

Curious about your child’s development? All children develop at their own pace, but the Center for Disease Control’s developmental milestones can be a helpful guideline. Here are a few examples:

  • Shows fear in some situations
  • Puts things in a container, takes things out of a container
  • Looks at the right picture or thing when it’s named
  • Explores alone but with parent close by
  • Can follow 1-step verbal commands without any gestures
  • Drinks from a cup
  • Shows more and more independence
  • Knows names of familiar people and body parts
  • Might use one hand more than the other

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