Have you seen those scratch art kits you can buy in craft stores? The ones where you scratch an image onto a black surface and it appears in rainbow colours? They are actually very easy to make yourself at home, so long as you have the time and patience to make them. I remember using this art technique from back when I was at school (they did not sell the special kits then so you had to do it all yourself!). Our version has an Easter spin on it, with the scratch art base being made in the shape of an egg but of course you could make this in any shape you like at any time of year. Older kids with more patience and fine motor skills could definitely do this themselves, but my girls are only 4 and 5 so I made the bases up for them, and they had great fun scratching their designs on to the eggs.
You will need:
• The egg template I have attached at the end of this post as a pdf. There are 2 versions, a large egg and a page with four small eggs.
• Paint in a contrasting colour to your crayons. Black paint on a rainbow of colours works great but don’t feel limited to doing it that way. We also made some coloured eggs as well.
• A toothpick to scratch the picture or pattern in
Paint over the crayons in a solid colour of paint. The paint needs to be a different, contrasting colour or your scratch art won’t look as good. Let your paint dry well. Kids acrylic paint usually takes 1-2 hours to dry for us.
Use a toothpick to scratch a pattern or picture into the paint, revealing the crayon colour you have put underneath. My kids did the scratching part and I created the base for them to work on. They LOVED this art activity and are very proud of the results.
Click on the link below to download the free printable template