I love super simple activities. Especially ones that I can lay out at night and that she gets engrossed in from the moment we wake up and step into the living room. Hidden Picture Painting is a perfect way to start the day AND it's super simple to set up the night before. All you need is watercolor paper, a white crayon, and watercolors.
Before I went to bed, I set out our usual watercolor setup, but instead of placing plain paper out for her to enjoy. I drew hidden pictures on a stack of about 15 pieces of paper that I left waiting for her. I drew everythign from a heart with polka dots, to a snail, to a letter block of her name. She had so much fun with each piece, slowly figuring out what was on the paper and then choosing colors to paint over it. She figured out that if she held the paper at a certain angle she could see the "hidden" drawing, but that didn't stop her fun. All in all, this activity lasted until breakfast and beyond. When she ran out of "hidden" pictures I had drawn, she made up some of her own, and when she grew tired of that, she simply watercolored for a bit.
Hidden picture painting is simple, fun, and engrossing. It's the trifecta of an early childhood activity!
Let us know if you try it and be sure to tag us instagram so we can see what kind of hidden pictures you uncover together!
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