Continuing with our Art Studio theme from Mother Goose Time, we explored an art technique along with some alphabet work. Magic Letters is a watercolor painting literacy activity idea that really captured my group’s attention.
Mother Goose Time incorporates all the basic concepts in each theme, integrating them in fun playful ways that engage learners. Drawing secret letters and discovering them while painting is so engaging and satisfying. The Art Studio theme is full of activities like this that promote literacy.
Use a white crayon to make letters, shapes or numbers on white paper.
Paint over the letters with watercolors to reveal the magic letters!
The kids can help write the letters too, if they are able.
It’s fun to paint over the letters and see which one it is! In one case, E thought he was painting letter R. Once he finished, he realized he had letter G and it was upside down!
There are several observations we can make with this activity. Does the child write letters or letter like marks on the paper?
If the child didn’t make the letters, can the child identify the letter after painting the paper?
Can he or she make the sound that letter makes? My kids liked looking for the letters that belong in their names.
Crayon resist painting isn’t a new idea but it’s a fun one to bring out when working on letters or other concepts like numbers or shapes.
Mixing colors is fun too.
The magic letters turned out colorful and bright.
Here’s the surprise letter G that was first thought to be an R!
Combining art and literacy makes learning fun and memorable. Another reason why we love Mother Goose Time!